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What is the job outlook for France?

Posted on September 28, 2020
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Job outlook for France

According to a report released in 2015 by CEDEFOP, European Center for the Development of Vocational Training, which gives details of the Skills Forecast for France up to 2025, employment growth in France is expected to be in business services.

Based on this report the top jobs of 2020 will be available in the engineering, mechanical, electrical and IT fields. The healthcare sector will see more demand for nurses and caregivers, owing to the increase in the aging population in the country.

The job outlook for 2020 says there will be demand for professionals in science, engineering, business, healthcare, and teaching. 22% of jobs are expected to be for high-level professionals in these fields. The job opportunities in France in  the next few years up to 2025 will be a mixture of newly generated employment and the need to replace those who leave or move on to other employment due to retirement. Replacement demand is expected to provide nine times more job opportunities as compared with expansion demand.

According to the CEDEFOP report, the employment outlook for France is expected to go up to 30 million by 2025 for France. Most of these job opportunities will be for high-level qualifications.

Job vacancies by sector

The following sectors face a skill shortage in France:

  • STEM professionals (science, technology, engineering, math)
  • Electricians
  • Vets
  • Medical professionals
  • Carpenters
  • Construction workers
  • Surveyors
  • ICT professionals

You can also find job opportunities in the tourism, retail, agriculture and healthcare sector.

Top ten highest paying jobs in France for 2020

Profession  Annual Salary
Surgeons / Doctors Salary Range: 97,700 to 280,000 Euros
Judges Salary Range: 82,100 to 235,000 Euros
Lawyers Salary Range: 66,400 to 191,000 Euros
Bank Managers Salary Range: 62,500 to 179,000 Euros
Chief Executive Officers Salary Range: 58,600 to 168,000 Euros
Chief Financial Officers Salary Range:  54,700 to 157,000 Euros
Orthodontists Salary Range: 52,800 to 151,000 Euros
College Professors Salary Range: 46,900 to 134,000 Euros
Pilots Salary Range: 39,100 EUR to 112,000 Euros
Marketing Directors Salary Range: 35,200 to 101,000 Euros

Employment outlook

The forecast on CEDEFOP covers the period up to 2030. It took Global Economic Development into account until May 2019. For seven years in a row in 2019, the European economy had been in a continuous mode of expansion and every European nation, including France, saw a strong increase in GDP.

But with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, short-term impact on the economy have been created, but long-term factors that will impact job outlook in European countries such as aging populations, increased use of automation / artificial intelligence, globalization, resource scarcity, etc. will continue to be influential.

 While France continues to implement measures to control the pandemic and move its economy, these long-term factors are likely to prevail which will impact the job outlook.

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