Recruitment programmes

Some European countries lack sufficient labour—a shortage that can be one of the biggest obstacles to setting up operations for a foreign company. Fortunately Hauts-de-France has a wide, deep pool of available talent that ensures optimum recruitment opportunities. And the broad range of training options available right here will help you find the skillsets you need. Is your project likely to create a large number of jobs? Tell us and we’ll bring together all stakeholders to design a customised recruitment programme just for you.

Recruitment programmes

Some European countries lack sufficient labour—a shortage that can be one of the biggest obstacles to setting up operations for a foreign company. Fortunately Hauts-de-France has a wide, deep pool of available talent that ensures optimum recruitment opportunities. And the broad range of training options available right here will help you find the skillsets you need. Is your project likely to create a large number of jobs? Tell us and we’ll bring together all stakeholders to design a customised recruitment programme just for you.

Average labour turnover — 2013 to 2018

Source: « Preparing for take-off » Hay Group

Available labour

Availability of human capital is a deal-maker—or breaker—when considering an operation outside your home country. Given tight labour markets in Europe and the shortage of potential employees, companies can find themselves caught up in fierce competition for available human resources.

But in Hauts-de-France there is no such pressure. Our region has large pools of available labour that you can access to recruit the employees you need:

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job-seekers in logistics

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job-seekers in services

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job-seekers in manufacturing

These abundant pools of available labour tend to reduce employee turnover. Note that in France in general—and in Hauts-de-France in particular—staff retention rates are higher than the average for Europe and the rest of the world.

Staff turnover has a direct impact on your company’s finances. When an employee leaves, the average cost of recruiting and hiring a replacement is estimated at 3-6 months of salary—and even as high as 9 months when training is added in. That figure comprises administration, recruitment and hidden costs such as losses in productivity due to unfilled positions, plus the time needed for HR, administrative and managerial staff to handle the departure.

Qualified workforce

But wide, deep pools of available labour are only part of the HR benefits that Hauts-de-France offers. We’re also home to a wide selection of training opportunities.

Hauts-de-France is a young region—32% of the population is under 25—and it is densely populated, with 6 million residents and large metropolitan areas. This, in turn, has naturally led to comprehensive training offerings that cover a wide range of skills. From technical staff for manufacturing to pharmaceutical engineers and customer service managers, many of your future employees will already have been trained right here in Hauts-de-France.

Fast facts:

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of French engineers are trained in Hauts-de-France

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students, or about 9% of all students in France

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elite graduate schools for engineering, business and other specialities

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Hauts-de-France is also the top-ranked region in France for continuing professional development delivered by universities. In addition to academic training, we have many professional entities that help employees train and retrain throughout their careers.

Regional experts help you find your future employees

A multitude of private-sector recruitment specialists are on hand to help with new hires. But you can also benefit free of charge from regional assistance to locate the candidates you need and key skillsets for your new operation here.

Key steps in your NFI recruitment programme

Needs analysis: define profiles sought and draw up job descriptions

Transfer job descriptions to the right networks and publicise your recruiting requirements

“Job-dating” sessions to interview candidates in premises reserved for you.

Does your project hinge on locating a mission-critical hire up front?

Find out more about Nord France Invest’s customised recruitment service to identify the best match.

Are you concerned that labour conditions in France are too rigid?

It’s time you visited this page.