France’s top jobs agency reveals sectors desperate for workers

by Ray Clancy on April 25, 2017

Expats in France who don’t move there for a specific job can often find it hard to get work, but research suggests there are a number of sectors desperate for employees.

Top of the list is winegrowers and tree surgeons, followed by maintenance technicians, waiters, restaurant workers and community workers. The French employment agency Pole Emploi also says that there is demand in rural communities for farm workers.

Other sectors seeking people include domestic help, carers, packing and warehouse firms and there is a big demand for musicians and dancers.

Form those who feel their French might not be good enough, Pole Emploi says that there is also a demand for English speaking nannies, for estate agents, and also multiple choices in the tourism industry where speaking English is a positive advantage.

The agency also pointed out in its latest report that there is always a bigger demand for temporary workers as the summer season approaches in sectors such as tourism, hospitality, summer schools, and holiday lets.

‘Tourism is very buoyant at the moment. From now until June our team is working on seasonal recruitment,’ said a Pole Emploi spokesman for Brittany in western France.

For those looking around the Paris area Disneyland is currently on a recruitment drive, looking for hundreds of people for the summer season. There are more than 400 positions for jobs in hotels, restaurants, sales, administration and shops.

Meanwhile, Nantes has been named as the best city to work and live in France, with Rennes in third place, suggesting that Brittany is the region that is ticking all the boxes for city living at the moment.

In second place in the poll by L’Express newspaper, was Lyon, in fourth was Bordeaux then Toulouse, Grenoble, Lille, Tours, Dijon and Orleans. Paris was not included in the research.

It has been reported that 7,500 people are moving to Nantes every year and the city’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it is popular because it is not that far from Paris and its location at the mouth of the Loire river means that it has wine making, countryside and easy access to the south west of the country.

There are also a lot of innovative companies moving to Nantes and according to the local development agency last year saw a record year for companies relocating to Nantes. Out of the 86 firms that moved into the area, a third had moved from Paris.

Indeed, Nantes business district known as EuroNantes continues to grow and pull in international businesses. Those moving include companies in IT, banks and insurance.

Small business are also benefiting as rents and other costs are much lower than in cities like Paris and Lyon.

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