The payroll employment increased robustly again in Q1 2017Payroll employment - first quarter 2017

In Q1 2017, payroll employment increasedrobustly again. They reached 89,700 jobs, that is 0.4%, after +0.3 % in the previous quarter. The payroll employment increased by 80,300 in the private sector and by 9.500 in the public sector. Year on year, it rose by 284,100 net jobs (that is +1.2%). 255,400 jobs were created in the private sector and 28,700 jobs in the public service.

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No 153
Paru le : 13/06/2017
Prochaine parution le : 12/09/2017 at 07:30 - second quarter 2017

Warnings: From Q1 2017, this publication is produced in partnership with Acoss and Dares. Its scope is extended to all employees and covers the overseas departments (excluding Mayotte).

The introduction of the “Déclaration Sociale Nominative” (DSN) to replace the “bordereau récapitulatif de cotisations” (BRC) may affect transitorily the declarative behavior of businesses. During the ramp-up phase of the DSN, adjustments are made in the statistical processing chain of employment estimates to reflect these changes. These changes are likely to generate more revisions than usual to data.

Payroll employment increased robustly in Q1 2017

In Q1 2017, payroll employment increasedrobustly again. They reached 89,700 jobs, that is 0.4%, after +0.3 % in the previous quarter. The payroll employment increased by 80,300 in the private sector and by 9.500 in the public sector. Year on year, it rose by 284,100 net jobs (that is +1.2%). 255,400 jobs were created in the private sector and 28,700 jobs in the public service.

The employment continued to decline in industry, while it picked up in construction

In Q1 2017, employment continued to decrease in industry : −5,200 jobs (that is −0.2%), after −3,800 jobs in the previous quarter. Year-on-year, industry lost 19,700 jobs (that is −0.6%).

While it had dropped almost continuously since 2008, employment in construction increased by 9,300 in Q1 2017 (that is +0.7%), after –2,800 in Q4 2016. Year on year, employment in construction rose slightly (+1,700 jobs, that is +0.1%).

Jobs in market services remained dynamic despite of the slowing down in temporary employment

In Q1 2017, the net jobs creation in market services reached 71,600 (that is +0.6%, as the previous quarter). Year-on-year, the employment in the market service sector as a whole increased steeply : +246,700, that is +2.1%.

Temporary work slowed down in Q1 2017 +17,000 jobs, i.e. +2.5%, after +6,7% in Q4 2016. Over a year, it still increased sharply (+93,000, that is +15,6%). Employment in services excluding temporary work speeded up in Q1 2017 : +54,600 jobs, i.e. 0.5 %, after +0.2% in the previous quarter. In particular, it rose sharply in professional, scientific and technical activities (+21,100 jobs excluding temporary work), in accommodation and food service activities (+13,500 jobs) and in information and communication (+6,100 jobs). Over a year, the market service sector excluding temporary work expanded by 153,700 jobs (+1.4%).

Table1 – Payroll employment change: thousands

SA data in thousands
Payroll employment change: thousands
Change in 3 months Change in 1 year Level
2016 2017 2017 2017
Q4 Q1 Q1 Q1
Agriculture -0.3 0.8 4.9 301.6
Goods-producing industries excl. Construction -3.8 -5.2 -19.7 3, 141.8
of which : Manufacturing -1.6 -1.9 -11.1 2, 774.4
Construction -2.8 9.3 1.7 1, 342.8
Market services (*) 66.9 71.6 246.7 12, 074.1
of which : Temporary employment (**) 42.3 17.0 93.0 687.6
Non-market services 5.7 13.1 50.5 8, 071.1
Total (*) 65.7 89.7 284.1 24, 931.3
Private sector (*) 64.6 80.3 255.4 19, 121.0
Public service 1.0 9.5 28.7 5, 810.3
  • How to read it: In Q1 2017, net job creation in market services amounted to 71,600 jobs from the previous quarter.

Table2 – Payroll employment change: percentage

SA data in %
Payroll employment change: percentage
Change in 3 months Change in 1 year
2016 2017 2017
Q4 Q1 Q1
Agriculture -0.1 0.3 1.6
Goods-producing industries excl. Construction -0.1 -0.2 -0.6
of which : Manufacturing -0.1 -0.1 -0.4
Construction -0.2 0.7 0.1
Market services (*) 0.6 0.6 2.1
of which : Temporary employment (**) 6.7 2.5 15.6
Non-market services 0.1 0.2 0.6
Total (*) 0.3 0.4 1.2
Private sector (*) 0.3 0.4 1.4
Public service 0.0 0.2 0.5
  • (*) Excl. extraterritorial activities
  • (**) Temporary workers are recorded in services, regardless of the sector in which they carry out their mission effectively.
  • Scope : France excluding Mayotte
  • Source: Acoss-Urssaf, Dares, INSEE

Table3 – Payroll employment change (*)

SA data in thousands
Payroll employment change (*)
Code Change in 3 months Change in 1 year Level
Naf 2016 2017 2017 2017
rev.2 Q4 Q1 Q1 Q1
AZ Agriculture -0.3 0.8 4.9 301.6
DE Electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply ; water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities -2.2 -3.3 -8.6 367.4
C1 Manufacture of food products beverage and tobacco products 1.0 1.3 2.9 568.1
C2 Manufacture of coke, and refined petroleum products 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 9.5
C3 Manufacture of computer, electronic and electrical products; manufacture of machinery and equipment -0.6 -1.7 -6.4 417.2
C4 Manufacture of transport equipment -0.4 0.0 0.3 348.2
C5 Other manufacturing -1.6 -1.4 -7.9 1,431.3
FZ Construction -2.8 9.3 1.7 1,342.8
GZ Wholesale and retail trade ; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 5.8 4.7 18.3 3,123.3
HZ Transportation and storage 3.1 4.5 15.6 1,387.8
IZ Accommodation and food service activities 6.4 13.5 28.8 1,071.6
JZ Information and communication 2.5 6.1 19.9 747.4
KZ Financial and insurance activities 1.2 1.4 1.8 870.0
LZ Real estate activities 0.8 -0.7 1.4 241.6
MN Professional, scientific and technical activities; administrative and support service activities 47.3 38.1 150.6 3,290.6
of which : Temporary employment 42.3 17.0 93.0 687.6
OQ Public administration and defence ; compulsory social security; education; human health and social work activities 5.7 13.1 50.5 8,071.1
RU Other service activities -0.1 4.0 10.3 1,341.7
  • (*) Excl. extraterritorial activities
  • Scope : France excluding Mayotte
  • Sources: Acoss-Urssaf, Dares, INSEE

The employment increased in non-market services

Employment in mainly non-market services increased in Q1 2017 by 13,100 (that is +0.2%), after +5,700 in the previous quarter. Over a year, these sectors created 50,500 jobs (that is +0.6%), of which 24,600 were in the private sector.

Compare to the flash estimate

As a result of the extension of the publication scope, thevariation in employment in Q1 2017 is not directly comparable with the flash estimate published on 12 May 2017. Nevertheless, in the nearest field (industry, construction and market services), net jobs creation in Q1 2017 is revised upwards by 26,300.