Do you want to work as an OFW in France? Do you know how much you can earn working there? In this article, two OFWs working part time jobs in France share how much they earn, and this information is quite useful if you’re learning more about the country and the opportunities it has to offer.
The article summarizes the information presented by two OFWs through their YouTube channels. They both talk about typical salaries of the most common jobs in France among Filipinos, and one video in particular discusses the common expenses as well. Both videos emphasize the hard work that many OFWs needed to do, working part time jobs during uncommon hours, just to earn lots of money to help their families back in the Philippines.
Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on the personal experiences shared by the OFW in the video below. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video on their accounts.
How Much Does an OFW Earn in France
The following is from the YouTube channel, Wilson in France. If you want to learn more about how much a typical OFW earns in France, then click on the link below:
In France, the minimum hourly rate is 10 euros and 15 cents in 2020. Also, on a weekly basis, you are working for 35 hours. Unlike in the Philippines, you work 40 hours per week.
In France, for your typical full time job, you work 7 hours per day, with 1-hour break, for 5 days.
At this rate, you will earn 1,539 euros per month, before tax deductions. After tax, you will earn 1,219 Euros which is equivalent to around 69,800 Philippine Pesos per month.
Factors that Affect Salary
There are two obvious factors that determine one’s salary, whether working as an OFW in France or anywhere else. These are:
- The kind of profession
- Working part time or full time
- Whether your job is declared or not declared
If you can’t find a full time job, you can always work part time. You can do part time jobs that only require you to work for two hours, and you can do multiple part time jobs in any given day.
Some of these part time jobs even require you to work after midnight, and some OFWs and other workers actually spend most of the day working part time jobs to earn lots of money.
If your job is declared, that means you will have to pay taxes. For example, if you are earning 10 euros per hour, most likely you will only get 8 euros per hour after tax deductions.
So what are the advantages of having a declared job? Here are some of them:
- Residence card – The good thing about having a declared job, though, is that it qualifies you to apply for a residence card. That means that you will become a legal resident in France.
- Benefits – Another advantage of having a declared job is that since you are paying tax, you will receive benefits from the government.
What are some of the benefits you can get from the government for paying taxes? Here are some of them from France’s social security system:
- Health card – this is really advantageous to have in France. If you have a health card, you won’t have to pay for anything when you get sick. Sometimes this includes getting free medicine.
- Insurance – other types of insurance aside from health are maternity, paternity, disability and death insurance.
- Government pension contributions
- Family allowances
- Unemployment benefits
Typical Jobs of Filipinos in France
- Babysitters – in this job, your primary role involves taking care of kids. This includes ensuring that the kids’ environment is safe, meals are prepared and given, children are dressed and bathed, etc.
- Caregiver – In many cases, when adults reach old age, their kids hire someone to take care of them.
- Housekeeper – those that clean houses
- Servers – also known as restaurant waiters.
- Cashier – typically in supermarkets or restaurants.
- Dog sitting – this is relatively new but is gaining popularity.
If you really work hard and if your body can handle it, you can really earn lots of money by working at part time jobs. If you can work 10 hours a day doing part time jobs, then that would be ideal. Some even go beyond that, severely limiting the number of hours of sleep they can afford. Having said that, you need to put health as a top priority.
Expenses in France
Here are some of the common expenses working in France:
Accommodation – housing in France, especially in Paris, is very expensive. In fact, the smallest room which is located in the top most floor of a building with no elevator, will cost you 600 euros. This accommodation is only 9 square meters with a common toilet outside that you share with others.
Many Filipinos rent a much larger apartment and share it among them, typically there are 5 of them in one big apartment so they divide the rent. Depending on the size, your share of the rent can be around 280 to 400 Euros.
Transportation – the most common transportation expenses involve paying for metro tickets. Monthly pass costs 75 euros.
Food – you will most likely spend 50 to 70 euros per week on groceries. If you eat at the cheapest fast food restaurants, you can spend a minimum of 8 euros per meal.
Aside from these, you will have some other miscellaneous expenses as well. All in all, you will probably spend 875 euros per month. You will be left with around 325 euros of extra money to spend per month, which is not much.
Here’s another useful video from the YouTube channel, AndoyTV.official. If you want to learn more about how much a typical OFW earns in France, then click on the link below:
According to Andoy TV, there are two main kinds of work in Paris, a full time job and a part time job. In the video, he focuses on housekeeping jobs, nannies, and the like.
Full Time Housekeeper
For a full-time housekeeper, the responsibilities include cleaning mansions or big buildings. A nanny, on the other hand, partners with the parents in raising their children. Most nannies live with the family that employs them.
So how much does a full time nanny in France earn? According to the vlogger, the typical monthly rate is at least 1500 euros per month. That is equivalent to around 87,000 Philippine pesos per month, depending on the exchange rate.
Nannies working full time also work a minimum of 7 to 8 hours per day.
Andoy TV also mentioned that some nannies earn 1800 euros per month, or around 104,000 Philippine Pesos per month, while some earn 2000 euros per month, or 118,000 pesos per month.
There is also a chance that you will earn more than that if you work over time, or if you put in extra hours of work in a day.
He emphasized in the vlog that earning this amount of money as a nanny is really big, especially if you compare it with how much nannies earn back in the Philippines.
He even mentioned that at this rate, you are earning around 2 million pesos annually. That is, if you don’t spend your salary, which is practically impossible.
Personal Experience Working Full Time
The YouTuber mentioned that he used to be a full time worker. He didn’t mention which job but it is probably similar to the examples that he mentioned in the video; that of a housekeeper or a nanny.
He mentioned that the lowest hourly rate that he got working full time is 12 euros per hour. He also said some jobs offered 15 euros per hour, and that the highest he got was 20 euros per hour.
For that 20 euro per hour job, he said that he worked outside Paris taking care of a pet cat.
Working Part Time Jobs in France
Ando TV mentioned that he works part time jobs in France. He said that OFWs working part time can actually earn more money than those that work full time.
That’s because with a part time setup, they can do two or more jobs in a day. In fact, he said that he works 3 or 4 jobs in a day. That means that he goes to 3 or 4 different houses per day and earn on an hourly rate.
With a part time set up, he says you can earn as much as 4,000 Euros per month, at the expense of working really hard and ridiculously long hours.
He says that some OFWs sleep only 1-2 hours per day. If you can risk your health doing this, then you can earn around 232,000 Philippine pesos per month.
Normally, part timers earn more than full timers because they can work for 10 to 15 hours a day. Some even work 20 hours per day, using the remaining 4 hours for resting in the most unorthodox places.
He mentioned that, for some of these part timers, the only rest they get is when they are waiting at the bus terminal, or sitting in the train.
Not only do they work ridiculous hours, they also work for seven days a week, Monday to Sunday.
In exchange, you earn lots of euros that you can send back home to the Philippines.
There you have it. Both videos illustrate the typical jobs OFWs do in France and their salaries. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out our other articles.