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by Zsolt Szemerszky

Zsolt Szemerszky

How-to apply for a job

How-to apply for a job

Looking for a salaried job in the Principality of Monaco is significantly harder than in any other country in Europe. Talent, skills and degrees are not enough to be employed in Monaco, since no foreigner may occupy a private salaried position without Government authorisation.

The Government of Monaco monitors all salaried job positions since having employment in Monaco also could consititute a green light towards the residency permit.

One of the biggest mistake that people commit is the false belief that a Monaco-based job will make you rich instantly. It is a sad fact that in many segments the salaries are not always competitive to the European average. This can be easily observed by the employees’ strike at many places such as Hotel de Paris, Hotel Columbus or Carrefour in the previous years.

However, in many sectors Monaco is highly competitive and it allows you to achieve your highest ambitions. Therefore, applying for a Monaco-based job could be one of the most important topics for a foreign resident.

In many cases, it can happen that you, your wife or husband is looking for a job in the Principality to support the family household. However, in Monaco, no foreigner may occupy a private salaried position without government authorisation!

Having a fixed job in Monaco also constitute a green light towards the residency permit, therefore, all the salaried job positions are monitored by the Government of Monaco. No one can start to work unless he/she possesses a work permit.

The work permit is not granted automatically and there are serious employment priority preferences for every open job position, which are meant to protect the local labor force.

The following order of priority is observed when you apply for a job in the Principality of Monaco:

  1. People having Monégasque nationality

  2. Foreigners married to a Monégasque woman and not legally separated and foreigners born to a Monégasque parent

  3. Foreigners living in Monaco who have already held a job there

  4. Foreigners domiciled in one of the neighbouring towns (Cap d’Ail, La Turbie, Beausoleil or Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) and having previously worked in Monaco

The employer who wishes to engage or re-engage an employee of foreign nationality must obtain permission in writing before the applicant starts to work. This permission may be refused if there are people in the same profession or specialisation, who have priority registered with the Employment Office on the lists of those seeking work. Therefore, finding a job in the Principality of Monaco is not only about your personal skills and education, but about your luck us well. If there are other people waiting for similar job possibilities who enjoy the priority protection, then you might never receive a work permit in Monaco. 

Obviously, the Monaco-based companies also know this, since by regulation in order to allow their application, employers are required to declare any job vacancy to the Employment Office. It is also a very important thing that the Employment Office sends candidates to the employers within four days of the job post. 

The process is very protective of those who are already on the priority list.

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