French more worried about salaries than jobs

14th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 13, 2006 (AFP) - Nearly half of French workers are more worried about their salaries than about job security or working hours, according to an Ipsos poll to be published Thursday.

PARIS, Dec 13, 2006 (AFP) - Nearly half of French workers are more worried about their salaries than about job security or working hours, according to an Ipsos poll to be published Thursday.

Some 45 percent of those polled named salaries as their main concern, compared to 32 percent who are worried about unemployment and 19 percent who are focused on hours of work, said the poll to appear in the financial newspaper Les Echos.

The telephone survey of a sampling of 968 public and private employees showed a shift in concerns compared with a previous Ipsos poll in 1996 when 41 percent said their main concern was keeping their jobs, while 29 percent said salary and 25 percent said work hours.

The poll will appear the same day as a conference organized by the French prime minister's office between unions and employer associations and government officials.

France's latest economic data released at the end of November reflected a gloomy picture, showing the unemployment rate in October at 8.8 percent of the workforce, interrupting a downward trend from August.

At the same time, the national statistics institute INSEE reported that consumer confidence declined in France for the second month running in November, notably concerning standards of living and future prospects.

Those surveyed for the newspaper were also asked about their views on economic issues facing the next French president, whom voters will choose in April-May elections.

Some 52 percent of respondents agreed that the next head of state needs "to break with the current situation by instituting major social and economic reforms".

However 30 percent preferred that the next president institute reforms that do not provoke a major change.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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