France is the second largest EU economy. Three sectors dominate its employment: health & social care, wholesale & retail trade and manufacturing. Some leading global companies have their headquarters in France. The country’s labour market faces some challenges in recent years. Unemployment rate remains above EU average and the employment growth was mediocre. France is expected to perform better in forthcoming years, with stronger growth of both employment and working age population (15-64).
ICT services should lead the employment growth over the period to 2030, followed by accommodation & food sector and health & social care. The occupational forecast shows clear signs of job polarization. Although high-skilled occupations, such as researchers & engineers or legal & social professionals will be creating more new jobs, the fastest growing occupation will be cleaners & helpers, followed by sales workers.