Why 2020 is set to be a good year for job-hunters in France

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Why 2020 is set to be a good year for job-hunters in France
The new Station F startup space in Paris. Photo: AFP

This year is set to be a good one for job hunters in France, with a predicted 3.7 million jobs on offer in the first six months of 2020.


Unemployment in France has been steadily falling over the past year and is now at a 10-year low.

France has historically been one of the worst performers in Europe on employment, with stubbornly high jobless rates, particularly among the young.

However 2019 saw a steady fall to reach a 10-year low of 8.5 percent. President Emmanuel Macron's target of reaching seven percent by the end of 2020 is therefore looking possible, and many French firms say their order books are full and they are looking to recruit extra staff in 2020.

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Airbus is planning a new production line at its factory in Toulouse. Photo: AFP

The major worry for French employers, particularly small business owners, for the year ahead is finding people with the skills that they need, and many firms have already reported being unable to fill vacancies.

The digital and technology sectors are expected to recruit heavily in 2020, as well as the engineering sector, service roles and leisure and tourism.

Although tourism businesses - particularly in Paris - took a hit in December from the weeks of mass transportation strikes, many companies still have plans to recruit this year.

Disneyland Paris has announced that it will be creating 8,000 new jobs - 1,000 on permanent contracts and 7,000 short-term - as it begins work on a major expansion while other big tourist sites including the Puy du Fou theme park and the Beauval zoo are recruiting several hundred new staff.

French newspaper Le Parisien has partnered with the Pôle emploi unemployment office and local chambers of commerce, unions, local authorities and companies, as well as the recruitment agency Adecco to create a detailed regional breakdown of the jobs that will be on offer in France in 2020.

From engineering jobs in Toulouse to work with tech firms in Paris or tourist industry jobs in the French Alps, here's who is hiring.

What jobs are on offer in south west France?

What jobs are on offer in Lyon and the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes regions?

What jobs are on offer in Paris and the surrounding area?





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