Before I launch into my totally predictable report on how Francois Hollande and his cabal of leftists are destroying what little remains of the French private sector, how about a little quiz for all of your wannabe francophones out there.
The image above is a job posting for a temporary (interim) cashier (employé de caisse). But what does the “H/F” mean and why would you almost never find the translation of it posted in a help wanted sign here in the United States?
Related bonus question. Maybe it’s a riddle. What is black and white or sometimes in color that employers require you to supply two of with your resume (CV) in France that it is illegal to ask for here in the USA?
Ok well there’s a prize here for the first correct responder (this contest void where prohibited by law and not available to those not employed by Tempworks or their relatives) to BOTH QUESTIONS. A free beer or at least a double expresso with yours truly at the upcoming ASA staffing show. Go for it.
Back to the news story. French businesses are shutting their doors in response to the socialist regime now in place. And temporary employment which can serve as a safety net for a faltering economy that affords little visibility is seeing hard times as well. According to LesEchos, temporary jobs are down three percent in the third quarter from the second and down more than nine percent year over year.
L’emploi intérimaire en France a reculé de 3,3% entre le deuxième et le troisième trimestre et de 9,1% sur un an. A la fin juin, 548.800 salariés étaient intérimaires, 18.900 postes ayant disparu entre fin mars et fin juin.