These 15 French companies are looking for 50,000 new full-time employees

Looking for a job in France? Here’s a few thousand to choose from.

These 15 French companies are looking for 50,000 new full-time employees
France's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest since 2009 last year (8.9 percent). Photo: AFP

After years of being considered the “sick man of Europe”, the French economy showed its strongest growth in years in 2017, with optimism underpinned by the pro-business agenda being implemented by the government.

The unemployment rate dropped to its lowest since 2009 last year (8.9 percent) and though the decrease has been more modest so far in 2018, new jobs continue to be created in L’Hexagone.

Proof of this are the latest findings by France’s National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), who every month interview a number of companies about their hiring intentions to foresee what they’ve dubbed the “employment climate”.

And the forecast calls for rain, in the good sense, a downpour of jobs which number more than 54,000 permanent contracts across a variety of sectors.

France did see a net increase of 268,000 jobs in 2017 according to INSEE, so there is reason to believe predictions are as bright as they seem.

Photo: AFP

French daily Le Parisien has broken down INSEE’s data into the following list of companies recruiting and the number of permanent contracts available.

Carrefour: the supermarket giant is looking to recruit 8,825 people on permanent contracts and swap 4,500 positions to alternating contracts. Everyone from bakers to butchers and fishmongers are welcome to apply for the many positions available. There are also a number of digital jobs up for grabs. 

Bouygues: The industrial group, which deals largely with construction and real estate, want to sign up 6,270 new recruits on permanent contracts and 1,500 on work experience contracts. They’re looking for construction workers and technicians, engineers, media and telecoms employees and real estate agents.

Engie: The utility multinational is looking for 4,800 new employees on permanent contracts and 4,500 interns for work-study positions. They’re hiring maintenance technicians and people in business development, customer relations and digital.

LVMH: Luxury goods conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE aims to add 4,500 permanent employees to its books, in sales, creative, design and marketing positions.

Saint-Gobain: With the vast majority of its operations in sub-Saharan Africa, many of the 4,500 new permanent positions up for grabs for this industrial giant are likely to involve travel. There are also 1,200 work-study vacancies available. A producer of a variety of construction and high-performance materials, Saint-Gobain is looking to recruit workers in digital, logistics, trade and sales.

Crédit Agricole: The French bank co-op with farming ties is aiming to dig up 4,000 permanent jobs and 3,500 work-study positions. They’re hiring professionals in the field of business, consulting, IT and R+D.

Capgemini: This IT consulting multinational headquartered in Paris is offering 4000 permanent and 300 work-study positions to the best in a variety of digital positions.

Axa: The world-famous insurance multinational plans to recruit 2900 new employees on permanent CDI contracts and 700 on work experience. They’re hiring people with experience as client advisors, actuaries, underwriters and many more.

BNP Paribas: The French international banking group wants to add 3000 new recruits to its already 189,000 (2015 figures). 2000 postes en alternance, as work experience positions are called in French, are also available. Jobs in finance digital marketing, data analysis and IT make the bulk of the vacancies.

Veolia: One of France’s biggest energy giants is offering 2,500 permanent jobs and 1,500 work-study positions, in the fields of electro-technical maintenance, construction, energy and digital.

Societe Generale: The renowned bank wants 2200 more working for them and 2000 on work-study contracts. People with a background in IT, banking and investment should apply.

Airbus: Europe’s biggest aeronautical company wants 1500 new full-time employees in 2018 and 1000 others on work-study contracts. Aside from the obvious vacancies in aeronautics, they’re also looking for people with a background in digital.

Sanofi: This top pharma company is hiring for 1,000 permanent positions in R+D, industry and commercial field work, auditing, HR and management.

Air Liquide: This industrial gases supplier is offering 700 permanent jobs, including positions in engineering, finance, commercial health, digital and IT.

Schneider Electric: A global specialist in energy management, Schneider hopes to recruit 400 people for permanent positions and 500 on internships. They want professionals in R+D, industrial and corporate management, sales and project management.

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How to get a summer job in France

As the summer holidays approach in France, many employers are looking for seasonal workers - so if you're looking for a summer job, here's how to go about it.

How to get a summer job in France

There are thousands of employment offers in France – a simple internet search for jobs d’été came up with numerous jobs boards offering work in France, while the government-backed Centre d’Information et de Documentation pour la Jeunesse (CIDJ) offers advice and information on all aspects of life for young people in France, including finding seasonal work and summer placements.

Sectors including agriculture, hospitality and tourism are always recruiting in the summer, seeking fruit-pickers, holiday camp workers and serving/hotel staff.

But what are the rules for people seeking summer jobs?

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Children from the age of 16 (under certain circumstances, the age limit drops to 14) who are legally resident in France can work as long as they have written authorisation from their parents or legal guardians. A model authorisation letter is available here

Those under the age of 18 cannot undertake certain jobs for health and safety reasons.

In the following circumstances, children as young as 14 or 15 can work during school holidays.

  • The holidays must last at least 14 days;
  • The child must work no more than half the days of the holiday – so, if a vacation period is two weeks, they can work for no more than one of those weeks;
  • The child is given ‘light duties’ that offer no risk to their safety, health, or development;
  • From the age of 15 and if the child has completed their troisieme education, a minor can register for an apprenticeship. 


Salary is usually paid monthly and will have a payslip. For those aged 18 and over, pay will be at least equal to the minimum wage.

 For those aged 14 to 17, who have less than six months’ professional experience, the minimum allowed rate is 80 percent of the minimum wage. For those aged 17 to 18, the rate rises to a minimum of 90 percent of France’s minimum wage.

  • The minimum wage in France is currently €10.85 gross per hour (€1,645.58 gross per month based on a 35-hour week);
  • the employment contract is fixed-term and can take different forms (fixed-term contract, seasonal employment contract, temporary employment contract, etc);
  • Seasonal employees are subject to the same obligations as the other employees of the company and have access to the same benefits (canteens, breaks, etc.).

Under 18s have certain additional protections:

  • between the ages of 14 and 16, during school holidays, employees on any contract cannot work more than 35 hours per week nor more than 7 hours per day;
  • They cannot work at night;
  • Those aged 14 to under 16 working during their school holidays can only be assigned to work which is not likely to harm their safety, their health or development.

Right to work in France

If you’re a French citizen or hold permanent residency in France then you have the right to work, but for foreigners there are extra restrictions.

Anyone who holds the passport of a EU/EEA country or Switzerland, is free to work in France or to travel to France seeking work without needing a visa or work permit.

Most other people will need permission to work in France – even if it’s only for a short period or for casual work such as grape-picking. Depending on your country of origin you may need a visa – everything you need to know about that is here.

In addition to the visa, you may also need a work permit, which is the responsibility of the employer.  To employ anyone in France for less than 90 days, an employer must get a temporary work permit – before the prospective employee applies for a short stay visa. This permit is then sent to the embassy at which the employee is applying for a visa.

If you come from countries including the UK, USA and Canada you can spend up to 90 days in France without a visa – but you may still need a work (convention d’accueil) if you want to work while you are here.

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Certain countries have specific ‘seasonal worker’ visas on offer, for certain sectors which allows – for example – Canadians to come to France and work the ski season. 

Cash-in-hand jobs

Certain sectors which have a lot of casual workers – for example seasonal fruit-picking – do have cash-in-hand jobs, known in France as marché noir (black market) or simply travail au black (working on the black, or working illegally). 

This is of course illegal and working this way carries risks – as well as the possibility of losing your job if labour inspectors turn up you are also in a vulnerable position. If your employer suddenly decides not to pay you, or make unexpected deductions from your wages, there is very little you can do about it since you won’t have any kind of work contract.