Noa Moussa 9:16 a.m., January 30, 2023

Every day, Europe 1 looks at an idea or a problem in your daily life.

Today, zoom on the permanent contract (CDI) seems to attract fewer and fewer young people, who no longer hesitate to refuse this type of contract, which until then was considered a Holy Grail.

Willingness for freedom or experience, why does the CDI no longer attract?

Since the Covid crisis, work has taken another place in the lives of the French.

Moreover, the CDI is no longer popular, especially with young people.

Why does this sesame no longer seduce?

Young French people explain themselves at the microphone of Europe 1. Marie, for example, is a communication student.

The 20-year-old young woman has already had several job offers: recently, a prominent company offered her a firm contract for an indefinite period.

"I don't want to lock myself in a box"

But against all expectations, Marie refused.

Because even once she has her diploma in her pocket, there is no question for her of confining herself to a single company.

"I prefer to focus on fixed-term or temporary contracts because I need to see several companies and above all not lock myself in a box. For me, the permanent contract is an option that I will consider in several years when I'm going to want to start a family, buy an apartment."

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Experiment with various businesses, but also be independent.

This is what is most important for François, a young artistic director who wants to remain freelance.

"What I'm really looking for is a feeling of unconstrained freedom where I'm in control of my choices, where I don't depend on anyone, no boss on my head, where I can choose my clients, who I work with, where I work. That's really what I'm looking for eventually."

According to a study by the Research Center for the Study and Observation of Living Conditions (Crédoc), 45% of young people aged 18 to 24 like François prefer to work on their own rather than sign a permanent contract.