5 trends to know about digital employment in France

by bold-lichterman

The 17,700 digital companies listed in France employ an average of 19.5 people, observes theDynamic Observatory of jobs in the Digital, Engineering, Studies and Consulting and Events branch published last February. We also note that the largest digital employers are service companies (59% of the workforce), followed by software publishers (27% of the workforce).

1. More than 40% of digital employees in IdF and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

  • French regions who have the most digital employees are Ile-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (20% of the workforce).

  • It is also in the Paris region that the majority of recruitment intentions are concentrated at the start of the year (40% of intentions nationwide).


2. More than one in two recruitment is done on a permanent basis

  • The five sectors who recruit the most digital professions according to the Observatory are: IT systems and software consulting (19.5%), activities of temporary employment agencies, excluding the “digital” branch (13.7%), business and other management consultancy (9.9%), computer programming (4.4%) and engineering (3.4%).
  • More than one in two recruitments in the digital sector are on permanent contracts (67.7%).


3. Sales people and developers: the pillars of digital technology in France

  • Three main categories of professions are particularly sought after: the commercial field (more than 28,000 offers counted, regardless of the level of experience required), the developer (15,660 offers), and the business consultant (11,439 offers)

  • According to the Observatory, five digital professions are currently “in tension” (i.e. the supply of available skills is not sufficient to cover the needs of companies): test and validation analyst, software architect, designer, developer and software integrator.

4. The “computer engineer” remains the most sought-after profile

  • 68.9% of job offers correspond to qualified positions (Bac + 4/5), 18.3% correspond to posts recruiting at Bac + 2. 1% of recruitments are made at a level above Bac + 5.

  • Engineering schools are well ahead of the most sought-after training courses for digital jobs (15,194 offers), followed quite far by universities (4,844 offers). It should be noted that business school training is the least requested (1,366 offers), while the most sought-after positions are sales positions.

  • Not surprisingly, a strong experience is required in the recruitment of management positions (14.2 years for business unit directors, 10.3 years for project directors, 8.7 years for sales directors). Companies require an average of 4.3 years of experience when hiring a developer.

5. Training courses unequally distributed over the territory

  • The number of people graduating from digital training has multiplied by 2.5 between 2009 and 2013 according to the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. The regions which issue the most digital diplomas are Ile-de-France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, and Alsace-Lorraine.


  • Certifications make it possible to demonstrate digital skills, beyond the initial training followed. The most requested certification in job offers is ITIL (training in information systems management). It is in demand in 1335 offers.

** Methodology: The Dynamic Observatory offers an up-to-date vision and a forward-looking look at business trends – jobs – skills in the Digital, Engineering, Studies, Consulting and Events sectors. The data are collected from various sources, then processed and published according to 4 themes: market trends (sources: IMF, INSEE, OECD, Socio-demographic study OPIIEC 2014), job dynamics (Pôle emploi – BMO, job vacancies announcements). multi-site jobs), evolution of the profiles sought (Announcements of multi-site job offers) and trends in training (Ministry of Education and Research, FAFIEC Bases). The data is supplemented by online surveys.
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