Slight slowdown in hiring at a high level in the 4th quarter, according to Urssaf
This slowdown is explained by a decline in hirings on fixed-term contracts for more than a month, those on permanent contracts remaining almost stable.
The number of declarations of hiring for more than a month (excluding temporary workers) fell by 2.3% in the fourth quarter, while remaining 14% higher than in the last quarter of 2019, just before the Covid crisis, indicated friday Urssaf. This quarterly slowdown, to 2.48 million hires, follows two quarters of growth (+1.8% and +2.9%).
It is explained by a decline in hirings on fixed-term contracts of more than a month (-4.3%), those on permanent contracts remaining almost stable. Over one year, hirings on permanent contracts increased by 4.9%, i.e. a total of more than five million permanent contracts signed in 2022. Compared to the last quarter of 2019, they were up by more than 20%. Declarations of hiring fell in the fourth quarter regardless of the size of the company: -1.9% in those with less than 20 employees and -2.6% in those of larger size.
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By sector, they increased in industry (+1.3%), remained stable in construction and fell in the tertiary sector (-2.0%). Compared to before the health crisis and to the last quarter of 2019, they show a sharp increase in industry (+20.7%) and in the tertiary sector (+14.6%) and increased by 2.4% in the sector construction, less impacted during the crisis.