Jobs for Youth/Des emplois pour les jeunes: France 2009

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First experiences on the labour market have a profound influence on later working life. This report on France contains a survey of the main barriers to employment for young people, an assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of existing measures to improve the transition from school-to-work, and a set of policy recommendations for further action by the public authorities and social partners.

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Demand-side barriers to youth employment

To the extent that France’s performance with regard to youth entering the labour market was not as good as the other OECD countries, even in periods of the greatest economic growth, demand-side barriers must be playing a role, all else being equal. This could involve not only the relative level of youth wages, but also the institutional framework that sets hiring conditions and contract terms. While business demand for the labour of young new entrants tends to fall during economic crises, nevertheless, in the medium and longer-term, shortages of skilled labour in certain sectors and certain occupations can have an impact on the employment prospects and careers of young people. The purpose of this chapter is to take a look at the main demand-side barriers to youth employment and to identify a certain number of factors that could improve the situation in France.

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