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France – Adecco Expects Tough Year

28 January 2013

Head of Adecco France, Alain Dehaze, expects 2013 to be a tough year for businesses in France. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last Friday, he warned of growing unemployment and labour mismatches. 

“The year 2013 will be difficult for employment. The first six months will not be good, it will not be easy. We depend on growth,” he said, adding that the first half of the New Year should be “very bad”.

The International Monetary Fund recently cut its growth forecast for the world economy in 2013, forecasting a slower recovery in major Euro countries, the UK and US. The growth forecast for France is 0.3% for 2013.

Mr Dehaze also warned of rising joblessness. “Every month unemployment is increasing, we are beyond the 3 million [mark] and we do not expect an improvement in the situation before [the first] six or nine months in 2013,” he said.

He said Adecco is committed to finding “sustainable” opportunities for employment with the firm targeting especially young people as youth unemployment has been on the rise. The firm aims to offer 270,000 jobs to jobseekers in the next three years. Nearly half – 100,000 – will be reserved for those aged under 25. 

While unemployment has steadily increased in Europe, particularly in the Eurozone, he said that many jobs remain unfilled. “In Europe there are three million unfilled posts, including between 250,000 and 300,000 jobs in France,” he said.

Adecco largely dominates the French staffing market with 26% of market share, according to research by Staffing Industry Analysts. 

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