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F.A.Q Employment


1.  Application Procedure

What do I need to put in my application by email?
Please present yourself and tell us what motivates you to want to work for us.
Plus include a complete C.V./Resumé in English or in French.



How should I present my C.V./Resumé?
Please include the following elements:

  • Your personal contact details
  • Your diplomas and confirmation of your various employments
  • Professional references related to your employment
  • Ideally add a photo

How many professional references do I need?
So we can consider the range of your work experience, we would prefer to see a reference from each of your last 3 employers

When will I receive a reply?

We consider each candidature on a case-by-case basis and will reply to every one.
The rapidity of our response will vary according to the availability of the position you have applied for.     

2. Taxation, social security, salary and visa for French Polynesia  

Is there an income tax?
Not as such. However there is a graduated scale of social contributions deducted from your gross salary (it totals around 9%) as well as a contribution to Territorial Solidarity of approximately 2.5%. There is a consumption tax on articles you purchase in French Polynesia that varies between 6% and 16% according to the category of items.

Is there social security coverage?
Yes, social security for the employee and immediate family amounts to 80% of medical charges and associated approved reimbursable medicines.  The contribution for this medical insurance is included in the salary deductions and amounts to 5.02% of gross salary

Do you offer a contribution to a complementary retirement fund?
No. We have no such plan. Of course you are free to contribute to private plans.

How does the public retirement fund work?
Contributions to the public retirement fund of French Polynesia are taken from your salary. The current deduction from your gross salary is 4.5%. If you earn more than 2100 Euros per month there is a B bracket for which the deduction is also 4.5%. On your retirement you contact the relevant French Polynesian government department (called C.P.S.) to ascertain your retirement entitlements.

 What is the cost of living?
The vast majority of everyday consumer items are imported and these additional costs are reflected in the prices you pay. Some items are reasonable, even less expensive than in Metropolitan France. (For example beef and lamb) Locally produced products are naturally less expensive and if you change your consumption habits and avoid imported items where possible, you can reduce the impact of the high prices of imported goods.

Which are the main local banks?

There are three banking networks in French Polynesia, all linked with banks of Metropolitan France:

  • SOCREDO, associated with BNP/Parisbas
  • Banque de Polynésie, associated with Société Générale
  • Banque de Tahiti, associated with the Caisse d’Epargne

The Post Office also offers banking services.

Is it possible for non-French passport holders to work in French Polynesia?

Yes, it is possible for foreigners to work in French Polynesia though you should be warned that foreign employment is strictly controlled and the administrative procedures are relatively lengthy and complicated.  Both a work permit and a residence permit are imperative.
Formalities apply also to citizens of European Community countries even though they are simplified. You should be aware that the procedures take time and remain an exception for our employment opportunities. We are a local and well-integrated French Polynesian company and naturally favor the employment of local residents. 

What is the local currency and where can I change money?

The local currency is the French Pacific Franc (CFP or XPF). You can change currency at the airport on arrival or in a local bank. The rate of exchange between the CFP and Euro is fixed at 1 € to 119.33 CFP.

Are there cash dispensing machines in French Polynesia?
Yes, but only in the most populated islands (Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa). Please note that the majority of machines are located within the bank branches and are therefore not accessible outside banking hours.

Is there an official employment convention covering the hotel industry in French Polynesia?
Click on Convention collective de l’hôtellerie.pdf to see and download the latest convention covering the hotel and restaurant sector.
There is also an official “Code de Travail Polynésien” covering employment?

Are there unemployment benefits in French Polynesia?
No such system exists nor the RMI system in force in Metropolitan France. As you would not pay contributions to ASSEDIC, you cannot claim unemployment benefits if you return to France and remain unemployed.  

3. The Islands  

What is the flight time between France and Tahiti?
The flight from Paris takes about 22 hours – with a stop in Los Angeles.

 What is the time difference?
Tahiti is on GMT minus 10 hours, so there is a 12-hour time difference with France. (When it is 16h in Paris, it is 04h in Papeete or 05h when Paris is on winter time.)

What languages are spoken?

French and Tahitian are the official languages. Those working in hotels often speak English in addition.

How far apart are the islands?
French Polynesia is made up of 5 archipelagos: Society, Tuamotu, Gambier, Marquesas and Australs spread across an area of the Pacific as large as Europe. Please refer to the destination pages if you would like to have more details about individual islands.

How frequent are inter-island air services?
Frequency varies by island but you may consult our partner Air Tahiti’s site – - for the full schedules. In addition some islands are linked by weekly freighter services taking passengers. There are frequent ferry services between Tahiti and Moorea.

What about international air services?
There are directs services to Japan, USA (LA and Honolulu), Australia, New Zealand, Chile and New Caledonia with worldwide connections. You may consult our partner sites and for full details.

What is the climate like?
The southern winter – May to October –is the cooler part of the year in the southern hemisphere. In French Polynesia, it is relatively dry and the temperatures are milder. From November to April it is our summer and thus warmer and more humid with regular rains often in the night. Summer is the period when there is a cyclone risk but the last one was in 1998.

What is an Atoll and a Motu?
An atoll is a coral construction situated in the open sea and made up of an emerged coral ring composed of a series of islands surrounding an interior lagoon. There is usually one of more passes that allow access from the open sea into the lagoon.  A motu is a small islet situated on the coral reef ring. Our hotels on Bora Bora, Tikehau, Manihi and Taha’a are situated on motu.  

4. Lodging, activities, health services in the islands

What type of lodging do you offer employees?
Lodging can vary between dormitory-style to an F4 and varies between hotels. However, accommodation is not necessarily supplied with every position. Our hotels in Moorea, Tahiti and our head office in Tahiti do not offer on-site lodgings. As a general rule, our other hotels provide lodging at the hotel or nearby.

What is there to do in my free time?

Each island is different but nature, culture, fishing and scuba diving are the most common recreations.

What does it cost to rent an apartment in Tahiti?
A furnished studio goes for around 750€ a month in Tahiti.

Are there internet connections?
Broadband (ADSL) (256K) is available on Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Taha’a, Raiatea and the Marquesas. On the other islands modem connections at 56 k are available. There is only one local provider and the basic subscription costs about 50€ per month.

What are communication costs like?
The cost of calls between Tahiti and France is 0.9€ per minute. For those islands that have ADSL it is possible to communicate by internet with a webcam.

 What is the electricity supply?

220 volts and 60 Hz, except in the Marquesas where it is 50 Hz. Note that the difference with France means that electronic alarm radios will not work accurately and some appliances could be damaged.

5. Health

Is there a general hospital in French Polynesia?
The general hospital for the Territory is on Tahiti where all accidents or illnesses may be treated. There is a 24-hour medical transfer system (EVASAN) from the islands to Tahiti organized by the respective doctors or medical centres on the islands.

 What medical care is there on the other islands?
On Taha’a and Raiatea there is a small hospital and an operating theatre at Uturoa, the main town of Raiatea. The same holds for the Marquesas, where the Nuku Hiva hospital offers health care and basic operations for all that archipelago. For the Tuamotu (where Tikehau and Manihi are situated), there is an infirmary for first aid and treatments that do not require a doctor. On Bora Bora there is a dispensary with its doctor. On this island there are a number of general practitioners, dentists and physiotherapists.

Is there pediatric care for children?
On the island of Tahiti, there is a panel of doctors with the range of specialists that one would expect for a town of 120,000 inhabitants, including several qualified paediatricians. On the other islands the infirmaries, hospitals and doctors are used to treating children but will not hesitate to order a medical evacuation to Tahiti if any doubt exists.


SPM Hotel Management Company - reservation head office in Tahiti tel. 00689 40 50 84 45 - - in the USA tel.: 1 866 209 3901