The frank employment system will be extended for one year. It can be “cumulated” with the help of 4,000 euros from the youth plan, the financial support being able to be increased up to 9,000 euros the first year for a hiring in CDI.

A quarter of the 31,000 direct jobs granted since 2018 have benefited young people.

The Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, went this Monday morning to a priority district of the city (QPV) of Arras, in Pas-de-Calais, to launch a tour to promote the youth plan. The visit focused mainly on learning, among other government measures to help young people in these disadvantaged areas face the crisis. The executive obviously intends to go further. How? ‘Or’ What ? By extending the experiment of free jobs by one year, but above all by significantly increasing the amount of associated aid, we have learned from corroborating sources.

Launched in April 2018, free jobs are one of the few subsidized contract schemes launched since the start of the five-year term. It provides substantial assistance – up to 15,000 euros for a CDI over three years or 5,000 euros for a CDD of at least six months and up to two years – for any hiring of an unemployed person living in a QPV, whatever or his age. The goal ? Fight against one of the most entrenched forms of discrimination, that linked to the place of residence, of which even graduates are victims.

Sluggish start

After a more than sluggish start, the Ministry of Labor greatly relaxed the conditions of access, extended the number of QPV of the experiment, before extending it to all those (1,500) in France. Since the pressure was put on the prefects and that Pôle emploi has intensified its communication towards employers, the number of frank jobs has started to take off.

To date, just under 31,000 requests have been accepted. More than eight in ten of those who were in 2018 and 2019 concern permanent contracts, of which three quarters are full-time. Without the health crisis, the goal, significantly revised downwards, to conclude 40,000 by the end of 2020, the end date programmed for the experiment, was therefore within reach.

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To revive the machine, the Ministry of Labor will somehow “combine” the aid of frank jobs with that of aid for the hiring of young people (AEJ) of 4,000 euros announced with the youth plan this summer. All the arbitrations have not yet been made, but from the various hypotheses on the table it emerges, still according to our information, that for a permanent hiring in open employment of a young person of less than 26 years of age (not beyond), the employer would receive from 7,000 euros (partial accumulation) to 9,000 euros (total accumulation) for the first year of the contract. For a two-year CDD, the boost would go from 2,500 to 4,000 euros maximum, depending on the length of the contract.

Break rate

The scenario of a zero-charge remainder has even been studied, but its potential cost makes it unlikely. Implementation is scheduled for October 1. It also remains to be decided whether these strong frank jobs will be open to hiring until January 31, 2021, to match the end of the AEJ, or until the end of next year.

At the head of an evaluation mission in progress, the LREM deputy Monique Iborra believes that the extension of the experience will not be able to avoid a qualitative revision of the device. Given the rupture rate, 40% after a year according to her without really knowing why, it would be necessary to provide for a preparation for employment of the unemployed, she considers in particular.