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France – Hiring levels remain low

05 June 2013

A global survey of employment trends has found that the professional job market in France has remained quiet over the past quarter. Recruitment levels in France are fairly low at 38%, with only 41% of businesses expecting to hire over the next three months.

This is according to the latest ‘Global Snapshot’ survey by recruitment firm Antal International, which asked almost 10,000 organisations across Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA whether they were currently hiring or firing at professional and managerial level.

It shows that staff retention in France remains problematic, with 36% of businesses currently letting employees go. These levels are expected to remain roughly the same over the next three months as 37% of companies intend to lose staff.

“While activity levels have remained low in France, it’s encouraging that managerial and professional recruitment globally has begun to creep up on those registered in the last editions of the Snapshot,” said Antal’s CEO, Tony Goodwin.

“Many figures in this latest survey suggest that there are green shoots of employment positivity. It’s perhaps difficult to create a complete picture, but reports from our network suggest that, having gone through an elongated period of doing more for less, many businesses are keen to refresh their senior level talent pipelines and gain further competitive advantages with new skills.”

“It will be interesting to see how these figures compare in the next quarter, but for now it seems a positive future could be on the cards.”

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