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Recruitment forecasts by employers have risen by +4.3% in 2012 to over 1.608 million planned recruits, spread across the 386 French employment zones (metropolitan France and overseas departments). This is according to the latest Labour Requirements Survey, a yearly study conducted by the French public employment service, Pôle Emploi.
The improvement in recruitment forecasts primarily concerns organisations with 50 or more employees (+14.5% of planned recruitments), which are more likely to recruit in 2012. In companies employing at least 200 employees, two out of three businesses are planning to add at least one or more position, an increase of +10.2% compared to 2011.
The sectoral breakdown indicates that the largest increase in hiring expectations can be found in the Industrial sector (+12.9%), more specifically for manufacturing of electrical and electronic goods (+33.9%), mining and recycling (+26%), metallurgy (+25.3%) and the pharmaceutical industry (+23.2%). Nonetheless, 46.2% of requirements are said to be hard to fill, a +6.7% increase from 2011.
Services to individuals is the sector representing the largest share of hiring expectations (41.7% of all hiring expectations), it is poised to increase by +4% in 2012. Some of the most sought after employees are catering apprentices, waiting staff, socio-cultural coordinators, home helps, and nursing assistants.
But skills shortages have hit France as the proportion of planned vacancies considered difficult to fill by employers has reached 42.6%, up by +5% compared to last year. Furthermore, 36.0% of the planned vacancies recorded this year are related to a seasonal activity, -2.9% fewer than in 2011.
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