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Working abroad in France: the benefits

Across the Strait of Dover is the wonderful country of France, a place that is known for its beautiful countryside, chic inner cities and revered food and drink. 

Being only 20 miles away from the UK's closest point, it's little wonder why an estimated 150,000 Brits live and work in the republic. But what perks can those looking to begin their climb up the career ladder expect to enjoy by moving to France? You're about to find out.


Although it is not strictly work-related, healthcare is very important to any worker who, should they come into harm's way, will be looked after. France is widely considered to have one of the best national health services in the world, and many facts of it are subsidised, like prescription medicine. What's more, it is not uncommon for your employer to 'top-up' any remaining costs that you might have to pay for treatment.

Medicine is subsidised

Medicine is subsidised


Whereas many people in the UK work over the hours they're contractually obliged to do, in France there is a general consensus that overtime should be compensated. This culture also extends to not taking work home and recently a new rule came into place that states that your boss cannot contact you after 6pm.

Just an hour left to be contacted by the boss

Food and travel

As with overtime, travel is partly funded by your employer, so whether you travel by bus or the underground system, you will not have to pay the full value of your pass.

Food is also discounted if it is consumed within the working day. Of course, the employee doesn't have to request any subsidies but it does help millions of workers in France every day.

They said there's no such thing as a free lunch

Cost of living

Every cent counts when you're living in a major city and when compared to London, Paris is generally less expensive. For instance, according to numbeo.com, the cost of a meal at a mid-range restaurant is averagely 28% more expensive when in London than Paris; transport and rented apartments in Paris are almost twice as cheap as London and the average pay is near enough the same salary.

Paris is comparatively cheaper than London

Paris is comparatively cheaper than London

Plenty of English-speaking roles

A leading factor that benefits UK citizens is that there is a range of jobs that are suited to English speakers. For instance, expatica.com regularly posts a range of roles that would suit someone that isn't too familiar with the French language.