Restaurants cook up plan to fill French job vacancies

With temperatures often passing 40C in the kitchens of busy restaurants, it is little wonder that tempers among members of staff can fray

At the end of 2018, France's jobs agency Pôle Emploi said there were 286,000 unfilled jobs in the sector

Unemployment in France stands at 8.7%, and the rate is in double figures in many towns – but restaurants still struggle to find staff.

At the end of last year, the state jobs agency Pôle Emploi said there were 286,000 unfilled jobs in the sector.

Of that total, 80,800 were for front-of-house restaurant jobs, mainly waiters, and 114,000 were in kitchens.

Now the main employers’ union in the industry is trying to make restaurant work more attractive to job hunters, and not just by boosting pay.

Projects include setting up a new form of digital work contract, called a contrat de mobilité.

This will allow employees to have permanent (CDI) equivalent contracts but allow them to move between restaurants, listed on a dedicated website, according to each outlet’s needs.

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