PART-TIME JOBS FOR STUDENTS
Finding part time jobs in France can be easy if you know few things.
What are part-time jobs?
A part-time job for a student, by definition, is a form of employment that involves working fewer hours in a week than full-time jobs. Part-time jobs involve working in shifts, mostly.
French Labor laws allow students to work part-time during the semester and full-time during the holiday period. Non-EU citizens no longer need to apply for a separate work permit, and can work as long as they hold a valid student visa or residency card.
2. Why is French important to find part-time jobs?
With the exception of very few jobs, it goes without saying that French is mandatory for most Part-time (and Full-time) jobs. As far as a French employer is concerned, you are of limited use if you do not speak French. Initially, If one learns French during the initial days (which is highly recommended), there are ways one can live and work part-time in France and thus improve French skills while making a little money on the side.
3. Rules to legally work in France
(Campus France Guidelines)
EVERY FOREIGN STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO WORK IN FRANCE
– This right applies to all students in France. You must have a student resident permit to work in France.
– French law authorizes foreign students to work 964 hours during the year, the equivalent of 60% of the legal work year. It can only be supplementary income.
– When you work in France, if you are a student or not, you are eligible for a minimum wage by law. It is commonly called ‘SMIC’ (Salaire Minimum Interprofessionnel de Croissance – the minimum wage).
It is 9.76 € gross per hour as of January 1st, 2019.
This wage is gross; you have to deduct mandatory social charges (about 20%) to find out how much you really take home: €7.61/hour. If you work 10 hours per week for the minimum wage, you will earn about 78 € net.
– The Autorisation Provisoire de Travail (APT – Temporary Work Permit) is no longer needed to work while studying.
Part-time jobs for students can be found in all job-related websites in France like:
4. Studying and working in a university
In France, foreign students may also work within their university. These work contracts for students last at most twelve months; from September 1st to August 31st. Jobs include, receiving students at the start of the academic year, tutorials, cultural or sport activities and assistance for students with disabilities; in general it is for activities that contribute to the well-being and social atmosphere within the university. In order to help students succeed and find work afterwards, student work in a university is adapted to their timetables and classes. For the same reason, students who work in French universities may not work more than 670 hours from September 1st to June 30th, and no more than 300 hours from July 1st to August 31st.
5. Doing an internship required by the program
As part of the preparation for some degrees, the student must do an internship. These are subject to the following rules:
– The internship must be contractual (signed by the company and the structure hosting the student);
– If the internship lasts more than two months, the student will be paid at least 577, 50 € per month.
STUDENTS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED TO WORK PART-TIME OUTSIDE THESE RULES MENTIONED ABOVE, WHILE STUDYING IN FRANCE or DOES NOT ENCOURAGE WORKING-SKIPPING CLASSES. YOUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY AS A STUDENT IS TO STUDY AND GRADUATE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
6. Risks of working illegally in France
Working illegally comes with numerous dangers and difficulties:
– Workplace problems – Trouble with employers is evidently a big issue at workplace. Students are forced to work long hours without pay. Untimely pay and slavery type work is the result.
– Lack of studies – Students, while spending a long time at their workplace forget the purpose they actually came to France for, ‘Studies’. Often, this will end up with students not doing academic work, not studying French, and thus not ending up graduating.
– Trouble with Police – If a student is caught in the act of working illegally, he can be fined heavily, deported or even jailed
– Health Risks and Exploitation – No illegal jobs will have health insurance associated with it. This can cause serious issues for a student if he/she has a work-place accident.
Exploitation without pay as mentioned earlier is another big risk.
7. English-speaking part-time jobs
These websites can be used to find English speaking jobs in France: