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France — Engineers are aware of their market value and not concerned about the recession

15 October 2009

A new research report by specialist recruitment firm Expectra (a Randstad subsidiary), reveals that 70% of French engineers are not concerned about the current economic crisis and feel that it has had no impact on their job situation, Le Figaro reports.

Rather than clinging desperately on to their current jobs, two thirds of engineers said that they would in the near future like to move on to a different job, 32% want to do this within the next six months. 50% have posted their CVs onto one or more job boards.

58% of engineers who wish to move on professionally want to do this in order to broaden or deepen their professional skills. 56% said they would like to earn more money elsewhere and 43% want more professional responsibilities by climbing up the ladder.

Didier Gaillard, Director of Expectra Northern France said, "the more adventurous [engineers] are aware of their value in the market. Highly qualified engineers are very mobile but not at any cost. Many of them are especially looking for positions with will enable them to balance their professional lives with their private lives."

50% of qualified engineers want to work in avant-garde and high-tech industries. Renewable energies are high on the engineers' wish list. Traditional industries on the other hand are finding it increasingly difficult to attract highly qualified engineers.



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