Working in retail or commercial handicrafts
More than two million people work in retail or commercial handicrafts (bakeries, meat delicatessens...); 19% of them are independent. Workers belong mainly to the socio-occupational category of employees while managers are less represented than in other market sectors. The professions involved are specific to the sector: employees, cashiers, salespeople... The people working in this sector have usually followed a short technical training course such as the Vocational Studies Certificate (BEP) or the Certificate of Professional Competence (CAP). There are more young people and more women working part-time than in other market sectors. Workers in trade have an open-ended employment contract as often as in other sectors. Working on Saturdays is the rule; working on Sundays is not exceptional.