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

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What jobs are on offer in Paris and the surrounding area?
Paris is home to an increasing number of tech startups. Photo: AFP

Unemployment in France is falling and job creation is up, particularly in Paris which remains the powerhouse of the slightly unbalanced French economy - accounting for around a third of the country's GDP.


Unemployment in France is at its lowest level in a decade and thousands of new jobs are being created.

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But the economic boost is not being felt evenly across France, with many jobs and industries being heavily concentrated in Paris.

While this is bad news for the 'left behind' areas of rural France and the small towns, it is good times for people who are job hunting in Paris or in the greater Paris Île-de-France region.

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French president Emmanuel Macron says he wants to rebrand France as 'the startup nation'. Photo: AFP

There are more than 16,000 new permanent CDI contracts on offer in Île-de-France, as well as more than 30,000 short term and temporary positions advertised.

Here's who the biggest new recruiters are predicted to be in 2020 in Paris.

The data comes from the French unemployment office Pôle emploi, combined with local chambers of commerce, unions, local authorities and companies, as well as the recruitment agency Adecco and was put together in a major data journalism exercise by French newspaper Le Parisien.

1. City Hall. Ville de Paris is one of the biggest employers in the city and is expected to need 2,200 people in 2020 just to replace employees who have retired or left. The scope of the jobs is very wide too from the lower skilled end such as street cleaners and gardeners to civil servants and city engineers and technical managers. Working for the French government (local or national) brings with it a range of employment perks such as secure employment, generous benefits and (for now) special pension regimes.

2. Healthcare. As a big city, Paris naturally has numerous hospitals. The Hopitaux de Paris hospitals trust alone is looking to recruit around 800 people in 2020 and is particularly in need of nurses, healthcare assistants and radiology staff.

3. Accountancy. The international accounting giant PWC has a major presence in Paris and is looking to recruit around 700 people in 2020, particular auditors and lawyers.

4. Digital. Digital, IT and outsourcing company Modis is looking to recruit 300 people in 2020, particularly software engineers, developers and project managers.

However these numbers only tell half the story, as Paris is also home to an increasing number of small technology or digital related businesses, often startups.

Nicolas Garnier, regional director for Paris at the Pôle emploi unemployment office, told Le Parisien: "There is a strong dynamic linked to the capital effect in a city where a number of company headquarters are located. In total, Paris is home to around 1.8 million jobs.
"The Parisian job market is under pressure in four sectors of activity, starting with the digital professions where programmers, coders, web designers and data scientists... are particularly in demand."
Healthcare, care services such as childcare and care of the elderly and the service sector in hotels, restaurants and tourists businesses make up the other three major employers in the capital, he added.
There are also some big projects heading for the area in 2020 - Disneyland Paris is undertaking a major expansion and is looking for 8,000 new staff including architects, engineers and project managers as well as entertainment staff.
And the US banking giant JP Morgan Chase will be completing its move from London to Paris after purchasing a building capable of holding 450 people.



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