People have to make money to survive. At Paris, one of the ways is singing, dancing or doing whatever in the streets, specially where’s full of tourists. But, let’s be honest, it’s impossible to make a living out of it.

As I’m making plans to move to Paris, I search a lot about jobs and I figured out they have codes to distinguish their types of contracts and it was incredibly hard to understand what those things mean.

CDI (contrat à durée indéterminée)

Contract of indefinite duration, that means it’s really hard to be fired after the probationary period. That being said, it’s easy to see it must be an excellent job, so it’s hard to be ready for it and, also, to take it.

CDD (contrat à durée determinée)

Contract that has a date to start and one to end. You may be hired for exactly a month, for example, and then, when the time comes, they see if they’ll hire you with a CDI (those who are CDD hired have privilege by law on the choice) or fire you like the original contract previewed or even renew your actual contract. More simple jobs, don’t pay as much as CDI, but they’re a good start.

Now, Normal full-time jobs are 35h per week with lunch time not counted, but for chief jobs ( known as cadre or agent de maîtrise) they’re 39h per week, in theory, but it’s usual to stay late. You have 5 weeks of pay-day that can be split however you want.

The company must pay 50% of the employee’s transportation and some companies may have a budget for fuel, but usually is when using the vehicle in the work context.

The “Mutuelle”, the health insurance, is given by some companies and it’s a good idea to take it, because medical checks can be expensive and emergencies even more.

If you get sick, you 3 non-paid work off days. Based on that, it’s usual for doctors to give a week at home for just a flu…

If I missed anything, please comment and I’ll uptade the post.

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