In France, one in two employees in the private sector works in a large or intermediate sized company. As major players in the country’s economic dynamism, through AFEP, large companies put forward practical proposals for sustained employment growth.
Promoting job creation while supporting technological change is a priority for our country and AFEP’s members are highly motivated to achieve it. In order to develop, train and recruit staff, as well as adapt to their continually changing economic context, companies need security and predictability, in a business-friendly environment.
Specifically, the operation of the labour market requires in-depth reform. To say that our legislation is highly protective of jobs is fact an illusion, as it excludes a large part of the population from the labour market in the long term, particularly the weakest groups – young people, senior citizens and the unskilled. Businesses must be able to anticipate and adapt to economic developments, so it is essential to strengthen legal protection in the event of restructuring, as well as offering increased career security. A more important role must also be given to collective bargaining, to define the applicable rules (particularly in relation to the organisation of labour and social dialogue) that reflect needs on the ground, at company level, as closely as possible.
Promoting job creation also means controlling the labour costs of French companies, in an increasingly competitive global environment. This will require ambitious reform of our social protection system, the pre-requisite to a general and long-lasting reduction in income tax, especially for skilled jobs, which is essential to boosting the continued growth of the French economy.
Promoting employment also means mobilising young people in the workforce. The ability to attract talent is an essential factor in competitiveness and future business development, to enable companies to identify innovative ideas and gain new markets. Work-study training programmes must be encouraged, as this is an excellent route towards employment. AFEP has made a practical commitment to this by launching the “Engagement Jeunes” (Youth Commitment) platform, in which young people on work-study programmes in large companies are put in touch with SMEs and mid-caps who are looking to recruit.
Julie Leroy joined AFEP in July 2017 as Director of Social Relations, in which role she is responsible for defending the interests of large companies in the areas of employment law, social protection and vocational training.
Julie Leroy has a Master’s in Advanced Studies (DEA) in employment law from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne and holds a CAPA (legal practitioner’s certificate). She worked at the Paris Bar from 2001 to 2004, in a firm specialising in employment law, before joining the Unemployment Insurance department, where she was in charge of job centres, retraining assistance and unemployment benefit.
From 2016 until her arrival at AFEP, she was assigned to the UIMM as part of the negotiations relating to development of the metallurgy industry collective agreement.