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Working in Paris


Paris is a multicultural city and is home to more than 2 million. The city of lights is architecturally rich, culturally diverse and unquestionably dynamic. As a result, Paris is home to an immense array of international, European and, of course, French companies. If you are looking to move to a city with options, look no further: Paris awaits.

The local economy

Paris generates about 30% of the GDP of France and is mostly based on the service and commercial sector, and many of the major French companies are headquartered in Paris. The major drivers of the local economy are banking and Insurance, the automotive industry, energy, food, luxury, technology, media, telecoms, entertainment and transportation. Since France is centralised from an administrative point of view, Paris is also home to a large pool of administrative jobs. As one would expect, tourism also constitutes a very important element of the economy, although the recent spate of terrorist attacks have led to a reduction in activity. More recently, startups have mushroomed in the city, and Paris is very dynamic, at par with London or Berlin.

Employment in Paris

Paris has not been spared by the structural labour issues which have limited France’s economic performance. Unemployment in Paris and the Parisian suburbs is relatively high, especially among the youth, but the government has taken a series of bold steps to revitalise employment. As a result, expats are mostly in demand in highly skilled occupations, including executives, specialised consultants, finance professionals, project managers, technical experts and R&D specialists. Areas which are particularly interesting for those looking for jobs in Paris include:

  • Finance, banking and insurance professionals and experts
  • Scientific and technical services
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Mass retail and luxury products
  • Information Technology
  • Big data and data management expert
  • Energy
  • Aerospace

Finding a job in Paris

There are a range of services available for you if you are seeking to work in Paris. Firstly, job vacancy websites allow you to customize your searches to Paris and constitute a good preliminary review of job opportunities. If you are looking for more specific jobs or work in a niche, you can get in touch with one of the many headhunters which operate within Paris. Headhunters are an excellent way of initiating contact, since Paris operates quite extensively through networks, and these networks are difficult to decipher for newcomers. You can also use websites dedicated to English speaking professionals. If you are in Paris or can travel to the city, you should also strive to attend the professional conferences or the professional networking events held regularly in the city. In general, these events are an excellent way of initiating contact. Additionally, recruiters in Paris might be more sympathetic and understanding if your French skills are not excellent, but do bear in mind that it can be difficult to get around town if you speak no word of French.

 Useful links:

Enquête Besoins en Main-d'œuvre 2015 – Paris
Maison de l’emploi de Paris
Chambre de Commerce et de l’Industrie de Paris
Monster Ile de France
Jobs in Paris

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