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Number of French ecommerce jobs grew 13% in 2012

Ecommerce sites in France are hiring more people than the year before and the number of ecommerce jobs is expected to continue to grow in 2013. And that’s pretty good news, considering the fact the French economy is officially in recession. While unemployment in the Western-European country is rising, the ecommerce industry continues to be one of the few sectors that created jobs.

To be more precise, the number of ecommerce employees in France increased with about 9000 new jobs. In 2012 there were 75.000 salaried ecommerce employees in France and this number is expected to grow even further this year, says CCM Benchmark. But at a slower pace, as the growth in 2013 is expected to be some 10%. Nonetheless, none of the companies plans to reduce its workforce.

Ecommerce industry wants web developers
And while 27% of the companies surveyed expects their web team to remain at its current size, 44% of them think they will increase their team a little, and 29% expects to increase their workforce a lot. When looking for fresh recruitment, the most searched for people are web developers, followed by analyltics personnel and customer relationship staffers.

France and Amazon; not the biggest friends
Ecommerce sales in France reached 24 billion euros in 2012, which represents 6% of the country’s total retail sales. At this moment the goverment is not happy with Amazon giving customers free shipping and discounts. Culture minister Aurelie Filippett wants to stop this with a new law, she told a French news station. “Today, everyone has had enough of Amazon which, through dumping practices, smashes prices to penetrate markets only to then raise prices again once they are in a situation of quasi-monopoly”, she told at an earlier event.