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What are the job prospects for contractors in France in 2020?

We do plenty of work here at Link Global Management as a payroll vendor in France, and the continued attraction of the Western European country as a location for independent professionals probably shouldn’t be surprising for a range of reasons.

France, after all, will always be an inimitable arts, fashion and cuisine capital, so it ticks all of the key lifestyle boxes for many workers. However, there is also currently an abundance of fresh professional opportunities to consider here, the recent upturn in fortunes for the French labor force illustrated by a steady drop in unemployment over the past year, as reported by The Local.

A jobless rate now hovering at a 10-year low would seem, in theory, to be an excellent springboard for a sustained expansion in vacancies during 2020, representing an impressive turnaround given France’s historically poor employment rates compared to other European nations.

Independent professionals should keep their eyes peeled for openings  

With the French jobless rate having reached 8.5% late last year, it doesn’t seem out of the question that President Emmanuel Macron could reach his target of 7% unemployment in the country by the end of 2020. No less encouraging, though, are the reports we’ve been hearing of French employers declaring their order books full, and a willingness to take on new staff this year.

When this situation is combined with the concerns many firms have already voiced about being unable to fill some positions due to an inability to find people with the skills they require, there would seem to be obvious scope for well-placed contractors to make the most of the boom in opportunities being seen right now.

The situation, though, differs markedly across the nation

Naturally, the sectors and employers offering the greatest numbers of interesting opportunities for those calling upon the services of a payroll vendor in France like Link Global Management, greatly vary from one end of the country to the other.

Inevitably, Paris remains the powerhouse of a slightly unbalanced French economy, responsible for about a third of the country’s GDP. Equally predictably, Paris City Hall – Hôtel de Ville – looks set to recruit especially heavily in 2020, although there are also reports of Parisian employers across such sectors as healthcare, accountancy and digital seeking new talent.

Healthcare and information technology are also key industries in the south west of the country, with both medical and non-medical staff being sought in the former sector, and consultants, developers and software engineers likely to be in demand among IT employers.

As for Lyon and the surrounding Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, it is thought that this part of the country will see a continued focus on health, tourism and transport jobs in the months ahead. Such trends were observed in data recently gathered in a major exercise by French newspaper Le Parisien.

Whatever the year holds, we’ll leave you well-placed  

Are you most drawn to the prospect of working in France on account of its cultural and lifestyle strengths, or instead the professional openings that it would seem are becoming more numerous in the country? Irrespective of your reasons for considering this ever-fascinating corner of Western Europe, you can depend on Link Global Management to remain firmly by your side.

Please do not hesitate to enquire to us today about our merits as a professional employment organization and payroll vendor in France, whether you are a seasoned worker here or only just beginning to consider the country as your next contracting destination.

You can contact us by phone or email, and when you do, we will be pleased to provide you with suitably specialized and informed guidance and advice.

 

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