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The 10 French jobs most in demand over the next 10 years

France's national statistics body has published a report looking at which sectors will be doing the most recruiting between now and 2030 - so if you plan on working in France, here's who is hiring.

The 10 French jobs most in demand over the next 10 years
France's 'start-up incubator' Station F. Photo by Bertrand GUAY / POOL / AFP

The report, jointly published by research institute la Direction de l’animation de la recherche, des études et statistiques (Dares) and business group France Stratégie estimated that between 2019 and 2030 there will be a total of 8.4 million vacancies needing to be filled.

That works out at 760,000 jobs a year, and this only covers existing industries that need to recruit, the great majority – 89 percent – being replacements for workers who are retiring.

According to their calculations, the jobs most likely to be recruiting are;

  • Maintenance workers
  • Teachers
  • Home-carers for elderly or disabled people
  • Drivers of all types (eg hauliers, bus drivers, delivery drivers)
  • Administrative, accounting and financial services managers
  • Commercial and technical managers
  • Nurses and midwives 
  • Nursing assistants
  • Warehouse staff
  • Computer engineers

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These roles are largely based on the replacement of retiring staff, with only the healthcare sector projected to grow, especially in the areas of nursing care and home helps, as an ageing population will require extra care.

In addition to this there are the sectors which are expected to grow and create new jobs, the main one being the IT and digital sector, which is projected to create 115,000 additional roles before 2030.

The French government has been pushing the creation of new tech-based roles including through the creation of start-ups and expanding the French gaming industry.

The report also lists the industries that are likely to shrink over the next 10 years, with public administration and finance expected to recruit fewer people as more administrative processes move online, together with the insurance sector.

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The report also suggests that the impact of the pandemic on the arts and hospitality sectors will be long lasting, with just 80,000 vacancies expected between 2019 and 2030, compared to 300,000 between 2009 and 2019.

And if you have an idea to set your own business, there is government help available to set up new enterprises.

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Courtier: Should you hire a broker when buying property in France?

If you're researching the French property market, you might have come across mentions of 'courtiers' - here's what they do and whether they are necessary.

Courtier: Should you hire a broker when buying property in France?

The French ‘courtier‘ is usually translated as a broker, and the Notaires Association describes their role like this: “the broker is a true intermediary in banking operations. His/her role is to negotiate the best rates for you, but not only that: they will also find the most advantageous financing conditions for the realisation of your project.”

Essentially they act as an intermediary between you and the banks, so they’re only required if you need a mortgage or a loan in order to buy your French property. 

Their job is to research the best deals for you and then to help you put together your application and ensure that all your paperwork is correct – unlike the notaire, instructing a courtier is not a required part of the process, so the decision on whether to instruct one is up to you. 

So is it worth it?

Among French buyers, around 30 percent of mortgages are obtained using the services of a courtier, and this rises to 60 percent among young, first-time buyers, who generally find it harder to access credit.

Some of things to consider are your level of French and confidence in negotiating French bureaucracy, your financial situation (since French mortgage lenders tend to be stricter than those in the UK or US) and whether you currently live in France or not (since there are extra hoops to jump through for overseas buyers).

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“Things have changed,” Trevor Leggett, group president of Leggett International estate agents, told The Local. “It’s now more important than ever to work closely with a reputable broker.

“In France it is all paper-based, very old-school and extremely bureaucratic, a different world entirely to the UK. Preparing the client “dossier” so that it will be accepted is an art form.”

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He advised non-resident international clients, particularly, who may not be au fait with the French system to seek the help of a broker who knows the ropes.

“The question is no longer really about savings,” he said. “It is about finding a bank that can actually lend to the client profile, interests rate are secondary. 

“It occasionally happens that one bank can be played off against another, or to shop around, but it’s a rare event nowadays.”

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And he had no hesitation in recommending that prospective buyers find a broker to sort out the financing.

“The lending market has tightened for international buyers and a good one is worth their weight in gold,” he said.

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In France, you make an offer on a property and then you begin the mortgage process (while in the UK it’s the other way round) so problems in getting your mortgage approved could lead to you losing your dream property.

“[Using a courtier] can be the difference between buying and not,” added Trevor.

“It’s not just any possible language barrier – but understanding the process and the different players in the market.”

How much?

The cost of hiring a courtier is borne by the buyer – but how much do they charge?

The courtier usually charges a percentage of the total mortgage amount – fees must be fixed in advance and are only payable once your mortgage application has been approved. 

Fees vary between different areas and different businesses, but the average fee is €2,000, which amounts to around one percent of the purchase price.

Many brokers set a minimum amount – around €1,500 – for smaller loans, and take a percentage of larger loans, so how much you pay depends on your property budget.