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France – Subsidised jobs to tackle youth unemployment

24 August 2012

Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced this week a project aiming at creating 150,000 jobs to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds enter the job market (Emplois d’avenir), reports RTL.fr. The bill will be presented to the parliament at the opening of the next session in September.

The draft includes the creation of 100,000 jobs in 2013 and 50,000 in 2014, for a total cost of 1.5 billion Euro. The jobs will be dedicated to young people aged 16-25, coming from the poorest urban neighbourhood as well as rural areas suffering from lack of basic infrastructures.

The jobs will be primarily open in the public sector, but also to private businesses, especially those providing services to individuals. The sectors that will be favoured are those labelled by the European Commission as areas with the biggest job potential for the future: the green economy, health services and ICT. The state would pay up to 75% of wages, for up to three years.

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