Executive Search France
Find the best-suited executives through executive search in France. Our team will work with you on defining and detailing the role and making sure you are fully aware of all French laws and norms as they relate to executive hires. We will recommend the best approach- a full time position or an interim position - depending on your industry, position and timeline. Browse below our database of French executives or contact one of our local recruiting experts about a specific search assignment that we can help you fill.
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Labor Laws in France
Hiring executives in France should not be taken lightly, and you must be aware of the local laws and norms before starting the search process. While investigating the possibility of conducting an executive search in France, it is important to gain a clear understanding of France’s labor laws. Here are some French labor laws to consider.
A Contrat Nouvelle Embauche (abbreviated C.N.E.), known as a new employment contract, new recruitment contract or new-job contract, in English, is a French employment contract proposed by Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. The C.N.E. became enforceable by ordinance on August 2, 2005. The C.N.E. stipulates the following:
The contract allows employers to fire at will during the first two years of employment, after which legal justification is required. The flexibility clause was a major break with the protective conditions usually applying to long-term job contracts in France. Under the usual long-term job contract, an employer needs to justify the firing of an employee. If an employer terminates the contract during its first two years, the company must provide advance notice of two weeks to one month. An employee may terminate the contract with no advance notice during its first two years. After the first two years, the contract is identical to the existing long-term contract, with protective measures for the employee. The C.N.E. also limits to 12 months the period during which an employee can contest firing before labor-law courts; in ordinary contracts, the period is 30 years.
French Business Culture
French businesses can be somewhat rigid in hierarchy and functionality, as the PDG (CEO) holds great sway. Typically, the PDG determines the future direction and vision of the company, which is then disseminated down the line for implementation by more junior management. Senior executives, therefore, tend towards the directive, rather than the collaborative, as might be found in other countries, such as the US. It’s important to keep this in mind during the search to hire a senior executive who can relate well to your business culture.
Since 2008, France has faced some straining economic challenges. The national unemployment average is around 10%, and there is tension by many pushing for further pro-market reforms, as opposed to the traditional vest platform. Since the Second World War, the French government has played a vital role in the development of national companies. This level of co-operation between the government and industry has been aided by the influence of the French education system, which pushes the brightest pupils through a system of elite schools known as the Grandes Ecoles. Graduates of the Grandes Ecoles tend to enter either large commercial organizations or the civil service and this has created an affinity of thinking across the senior echelons of French business society. It has even been said that the best way to become a PDG (CEO) of a major French company is through a senior position in an important ministry.