France’s largest distributor Carrefour is looking for 7,000 new employees in 2014 (including replacements). In total, the 134 French biggest companies seek to employ more than 200,000 people next year, says a study by Le Figaro .
A million résumés a year
With a total of 106,000 employees, Carrefour France is one of France’s largest privately-owned enterprises, and it will be looking for another 6,000 people by the end of the year and an additional 7,000 new workers for 2014.
"We’re increasing our recruitment efforts, because we want to get more people at the tills, walking the aisles and manning the information booths. That way we can better serve our customers at Carrefour”, is how Isabelle Calvez, director of Human Resources, explained the high number of recruitments to Le Figaro.
After a few years in turmoil, Carrefour claims the French public again has an increased interest in its vacancies, for management positions and others. Calvez has revealed that Carrefour receives more than one million résumés a year, which are in turn tackled by a team of 60 employees.
Fast food is recruiting en masse
The 134 French companies who answered the survey plan to recruit a total of 206,800 full-time equivalents (FTE’s) for 2014. On top of that, 2013 will end with more recruitments than expected: 209,122 compared to the companies’ estimates of 170,000 one year ago. At last a positive note for an ailing French economy, which lost 140,000 full-time jobs over the past year, as stated by official numbers.
Fast food chain McDonald’s remains the largest recruiter for the fifth year running, although it uses mostly part-time employees. When converted to FTE’s, it remains an impressive number, reaching some 28,000 employees.
The huge number is not only explained by the traditionally high attrition rate of personnel in this sector, but also because of ambitious plans of expansion: McDonald’s wants to open up an additional fifty restaurants in France next year. However, it is not the only fast food chain looking for personnel: Quick and Kentucky Fried Chicken are also hiring massive numbers, 8,000 and 4,000 respectively. This results in a top 10 finish for companies with the highest recruitment drive next year.