France is a country with a great history and culture, a large economy and high wages. The state has high quality medicine and excellent infrastructure; there are luxurious resorts and large-scale sporting events. French universities provide quality education, which is important virtually free. At the same time, France is considered one of the most expensive countries in the world.

Constant work and life in France attracts thousands of foreigners from different parts of the world, but not every applicant can count on a vacancy. In order to find a job in Paris and other major cities in most cases you need to have French language skills and sufficient experience. Let's find out what professions are in demand in France in 2024.


Labor market in France

The official working week in France lasts 35 hours, employees are guaranteed a 30-day annual vacation and many social benefits. Unemployment in the country is kept at the level of 7-8%, which is twice as high as that of other European leaders – Germany and Great Britain. Foreigners from CIS countries will have to compete both with the French and citizens of the European Union to fill the vacancy. This is especially important in case of job search in Nice, Bordeaux and Lyon.

For legal employment in France, foreigners from third countries must find an employer in advance and sign a contract, obtain a work permit and open a work visa. Professional activity may be performed on a temporary or long-term basis. In case of employment for more than 90 days it is necessary to obtain a residence permit in France. Seasonal work allows you to stay in France for a maximum of 6 months per year.

The official minimum wage in France in 2024is 1,766.92 euros per month. The hourly rate is 11.65 euros. The average salary is about 3,085 euros per month or 2,400 euros net. Income tax in the country ranges from 14 to 45%. The most highly paid professions are practicing doctors and management companies that represent large businesses in France.

The most demanded professions in France

Popular professions in France for foreigners are usually associated with the field of agriculture, for example, often need harvesters – grapes and other fruit crops, as well as tourism, which requires movers, waiters, maids, bartenders, instructors, guides, assistant cooks. Mostly it is work in bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels, camping sites and ski resorts.

In the field of unskilled labor in France are in demand housekeepers, nannies, caregivers and au pair helpers. Immigrants sometimes hire French and English teachers in their families. Men with jobs may find jobs for electricians, carpenters, plumbers, painters, and handymen on construction sites.

According to the local employment agency, the most popular professions in France in 2024 are machine operators, carpenters, butchers and programmers. Almost like all countries in the world, the country needs experienced engineers and construction workers. In general, the French labor market today is experiencing an acute shortage of qualified personnel.


1 Engineer (different directions)
2 Marketing Manager
3 Butcher
4 Machine operator
5 Carpenter
6 Programmer (different directions)
7 Worker in agriculture
8 Builder (different directions)
9 Social worker
10 Specialist in tourism

Note. The information is based on data from the French employment agency and international recruitment agencies.

In conclusion, we note that according to official data of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), France is the most visited country in the world. The annual flow of tourists is approaching 90 million people. That is, foreigners are attracted not only by professional activity, but also by rest in this beautiful country.

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