“Is it possible to keep your UK job when you move to France?”.
This will be a crucial question for many people who want to make the move for lower living costs and arguably a much better quality of life in France from Great Britain.
Here is our experience so far.
My husband’s company on hearing he hoped to move to France simply asked “What do we have to do to keep you working for us?” They have been supportive recognising that with IT he can do his job from anywhere in the world where there is a decent Internet connection.
The people I do freelance work for seemed surprised by the question and made it clear I can work from anywhere.
My employer told me last November that there were very few hurdles and just a few things to look into like the tax position. For months now, I have been saying I want to make the move sooner rather than later including asking for a reference for a landlord which they have still not provided and it seems I am getting mixed messages and no clarity. It is really frustrating to be honest and my patience is wearing thin. I too am Internet based so as long as I arrange to pay my tax in the right country in due course, what is their problem? I don’t want to say too much now because I am still hoping things will work out but I do need to offload a bit, hence this paragraph.
They are making it pretty clear they think I am being unreasonable whereas my argument is that I presented this scenario at the latest in November of last year and have an email trail to prove that.
From my research, it seems the bugbear from a UK employer point of view would be the level of social security contributions they might have to make for expats. I would envisage this could be navigated by the employee accepting a cut in pay equivalent to the extra costs to the employer or by going down the self-employed/consultancy option.
So I am now in limbo with my employer suggesting I take unpaid leave but not specifying for how long a time period. They say I will hear something next week but they have said that before twice and I have heard nothing so I do not trust that promise.
I got quite upset about the whole thing last night as we love it here and it is good for the whole family unit..
I guess I may need to take some legal advice myself which is a shame as I cannot be the only person who works for a UK/global company who has relocated to France wanting to keep their income from a job.
If anyone has any experiences, tips or can point me to useful experts or websites, please do leave a comment.
In the meantime, the skies are pure blue today and we have enjoyed good food and drink. Right now, we are making memories that will last a lifetime and as I know, that is all that really matters in the end.
So how do you manage to keep your UK job when you move to France?