Below the Minimum Wage

Mildly curious about numbers I have tried to ascertain the minimum wage here in France. It is for full time employment ~1230 euros per month after deductions.

The average per capita wage after deductions is 26,300 euros per month.

So, despite this huge house and magnificent gardens I/we are existing on below the minimum wage and are far short of the average income.

Get a degree they said, do some prestigious shit, go to work at high kudos places…

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that I could claim unemployment benefit, here. Might be worth looking into.

“The legal minimum retirement age in France is 62 for those born after 1 January 1955 but the normal retirement age is between 65 and 67.”

I remember when I went into that euphemistically called “Job Seekers” place in Aldershot and the woman there started filling in my form about qualifications.

Her face, if only Picasso was there.

It is kind of ironic, to live in a big house, by a river and be below the minimum wage. Everyone here assumes Brits are rich…

“To claim unemployment benefit in France you must have been registered with the scheme for at least 122 days in the last 28 months (last 36 months if you are over 50) and be below the minimum retirement age. You must have had your contract terminated by the employer, come to the end of a fixed contract, resigned for a valid reason, or mutually agreed to leave your employment.

You must register with the Pôle emploi (jobseekers service), actively seek work, as well as accept reasonable job offers.”

Just for a laugh, maybe I should go to my local Pôle emploi and see what transpires.

It could be fun….