2.4 million hiring declarations were made in the first quarter of 2022. Even if this number is down slightly compared to the previous quarter (-0.5%), it remains at a high level. In the 4th quarter of 2021, declarations of hiring had stabilized (+0.3%) after a sharp increase in the previous quarter, then reaching a “historic peak”, according to data from Urssaf Caisse Nationale (formerly Acoss ).
Hirings on permanent contracts are stable (-0.1% after +2.9%) while those on fixed-term contracts of more than one month are down by 0.9% (after -2.2%). Compared to the last quarter of 2019, just before the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis, declarations of hiring for more than a month increased by 11.7%. In the 1st quarter of 2022, the evolution of hirings of more than one month is contrasted according to the size of the company: they continue to decrease in companies with less than 20 employees (TPE, -3.9% after -1, 6%) and continued to grow in larger structures (+2% after +1.7%).
By sector, declarations of hiring for more than one month rose slightly in industry (+0.6%, after +3.4%), contracted in construction (-3.8%, after -0 .3%) and stabilized in the tertiary sector (-0.2%, after +1.6%). Their level clearly exceeds that recorded in the last quarter of 2019 in industry (+14.3%) and in the tertiary sector (+13%). The gap is much more measured (+0.6%) in construction, a sector which has generally suffered less from the crisis.