Employment: The Plebiscite of Flexible Contracts

The labor market in France is currently experiencing unprecedented tension. Indeed, with an unemployment rate at its lowest for several years, employment in France is more than ever a social issue. Companies offer many jobs that remain unfilled. In 2021, there were nearly 300,000 vacancies in the sectors of industry, health, logistics, construction, hotels and restaurants and even commerce. So now, all means are good, to succeed in recruiting or finding a job.

Crazy CDDs

It is clear that fixed-term contracts are on the rise in a context where companies are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and where candidates are also increasingly volatile. CDDs, or fixed-term contracts, accounted for almost 4 million contracts in the first quarter of 2021. CDDs are flexible contracts that can be broken quite easily. Its duration is limited in time and rather short. This contract also gives access to all the advantages offered by the company (restaurant tickets, mutual insurance or reimbursement of mileage costs). In addition, when the contract ends, the employee receives a precariousness bonus ranging from 6 to 10% of the gross salary of the entire fixed-term contract. If the employee has not taken the leave that was due to him during this period, he can obtain a compensatory indemnity for paid leave (10% of the gross remuneration that he received during this fixed-term contract).

If the CDD is also coveted, it is because it offers flexibility and is in no way synonymous with precariousness. On the employer's side, CDD contracts make it possible to meet needs that are limited in time and also to avoid taking risks with a CDI job with regard to the economic situation.

The trend of interim assignments

It goes without saying that our professional habits have been greatly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. In June 2020, the law was amended to facilitate access to temporary work for employees and user companies. Thus, in December 2021, 850,300 temporary workers were in post.

Temporary work is the most flexible employment solution. It is possible to do more or less long missions, ranging from a few hours to a few months. Always with a view to simplifying temporary work, new players have emerged. This is the case of the NOWJOBS mobile application. Temporary workers have access to assignment offers based on their job preferences and geographic area. It's very simple, they only have to create their profile and can apply in less than two minutes. Thanks to NOWJOBS, temporary work has never been easier for temporary workers. Everything is digitized. If their application is successful, then a contract proposal is sent to them via the application. Also via the application, they can e-sign their contract. Job searching has never been faster than with NOWJOBS.

In the same way, on the employer's side, when a company needs to call on additional and temporary workers, the interim as proposed by NOWJOBS allows them to discharge all the administrative procedures: declaration of employment, contracts assignments, provision contracts, salary payments, payslips and invoices. This is a significant time and therefore money saver.

The wave of self-employment

Nearly one million businesses were born in 2021, almost 20% more than the previous year. Each year, there are more than 200,000 new self-employed entrepreneurs and this figure has continued to increase since the Covid-19 crisis.

Declaring yourself self-employed has its advantages. Indeed, the procedure for creating the status and the administrative management are extremely simplified. Auto-entrepreneurs occupy the category of liberal, artisanal or commercial profession.

The health crisis has notably enabled many people to take the plunge into self-entrepreneurship. The virus having changed our professional habits, self-entrepreneurship has become a solution for employment, especially since this status is accessible to all. Indeed, it does not require training or other conditions. It has enabled many people to find a main activity at a time when the crisis offered little prospect of employment or additional income for others.

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