Social security exemption measure or hiring bonus? It is at the beginning of the afternoon, this Tuesday, while listening to Emmanuel Macron on television, that we will know the choice made by the executive to come in massive aid to the 700,000 young people who are on the verge of 'enter the job market. The plan for the employment of young people will be one of the crucial points of the television intervention of the President of the Republic. It must be said that their horizon has very darkened with the crisis linked to the coronavirus epidemic. Whether they are graduates or not, young people expect to take the brunt of the collapse of recruitment offers.
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It was already difficult for non-graduates, it will be just as difficult for young people who graduate from schools or university. Mathieu Courtecuisse chairs the advisory branch of the Syntec federation. He is himself the boss of a management consulting company which recruits 180 young graduates each year to make them junior consultants. This year, due to the slowdown in its activity, it will be fifteen recruits, not more. Ten days ago, he made an offer: 700 applications arrived, where he received 30, 35 in normal times. At the head of his professional union, he guesses the unenviable situation of these young graduates who will arrive at the start of the labor market.
"Companies will rather arbitrate to take on interns than permanent contracts"
"They will find themselves in difficulty because very quickly, the promotion after will come out", explains Mathieu Courtecuisse. "From January and March, we have the trainees of the following year who will compete with the young graduates of the year before. And the companies will rather arbitrate to take interns than permanent contracts, because they are cheaper and can be tested for a much longer time before they become permanent contracts. "
Will the young graduates of 2020 be a sacrificed generation? The example of the 2010 generation makes him fear. A study by Cereq (Center for Studies and Research on Employment and Skills) published last year shows that young people of that year, who entered the job market at the height of the financial crisis, had a much more successful career than their elders with more periods of unemployment, therefore less professional experience. Consequence: seven years later, they were still penalized.