Research shows where most jobs are being created in France

by Ray Clancy on November 4, 2017

There are more employment opportunities in France for the first time since the financial crisis a decade ago with the recovery having gathered pace since the end of 2015, according to a new survey.

Overall some 200,000 jobs were created in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 140,000 in the same period last year, according to the research from RegionsJob.

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Those looking to move to France to work will find the largest number of opportunities in Ile de France, the region around Paris where job offers have increased by 75%. Normandy and Brittany, both popular with expats, have seen a rise of 59% and 57% respectively.

‘Since the end of 2015 there has been a real recovery of the labour market. The trend was confirmed in 2016 and has accelerated in 2017,’ said David Beaurepaire from RegionsJob. He added that the rise is due to business owners being more confident and beneficial, business friendly tax reforms.

In terms of French cities Rennes in Brittany has seen a rise of 53% in terms of opportunities while there has been a 47% rise in Strasbourg, a rise of 46% in Bordeaux, a rise of 44% in and 39% rise in Lyon.

At the other end of the scale, the jobs market has seen much slower growth in the northern region of Hauts de France and the eastern region of Grand Est and it is medium sized cities where job creation is struggling.

Meanwhile, official figures show that the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of western and southwest France is home to the biggest number of British expats with 39,000 living there. There are 25,500 in Occitanie and 19,500 in Ile de France.

The figures from statistics agency INSEE also show that in Nouvelle-Aquitaine most British expats live in villages and towns on the borders of the departments of Dordogne, Charente, Lot-et-Garonne, and Haute-Vienne.

The average age of British expats in the region is 52 and over half are over 58 years old with 70% classed by INSEE as inactive, which means they are not officially employed and most likely to be retired.

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