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When video games maker Ubisoft was scouting for a location for a new studio, executive Julien Mayeux pushed for the booming city of Bordeaux in south-west France because he knew it would be easy to recruit there.

“Bordeaux came out on top when we asked our employees where they wanted us to go”, he said of France’s fifth biggest urban area, which boasts fine weather, cheaper housing than Paris and a thriving tech scene. Mayeux now runs an office staffed by about 400 engineers and game designers in a trendy revitalised port neighbourhood.

Just over an hour away by car or train, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande could not be more different.…  Seguir leyendo »

Back to work: why French workers are resisting the Covid ‘Big Quit’

Aubérie Zaro left her Paris-based Big Four consultancy job in January determined to take some time off to ponder what she really “wanted to do”. After a nine-month pause from the job market, the 30-year-old started looking for a new position. Much to her surprise, she found one that matched her goals within a month.

“I thought with the pandemic all hiring might be frozen, but it was really fast”, she said.

Zaro’s swift and successful job search is one that thousands of French workers have experienced in recent months. As in most developed countries, they have benefited from generous government support for businesses and a sharp economic recovery, which have helped bring the unemployment rate — those out of work but actively searching for jobs — back to pre-pandemic levels of 8 per cent.…  Seguir leyendo »