Job offers: the appeal of medium-sized cities and the Atlantic France region

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Mid-sized cities are increasingly popular. Studies from the platform Hellowork revealed that La Roche-sur-Yon, Cholet and Angers are among the 10 most enticing in France regarding job offers, and that Atlantic France is in the leading regions.

In France, some medium-sized towns are growing faster than large metropolitan areas. With the development of remote work and the high-speed rail service TGV, more and more professionals are choosing to live in smaller cities and improve their quality of life: cheaper real estate, less transport time, less pollution, etc. 

The phenomenon has accelerated with the pandemic, and these cities are now offering increasing career opportunities. The job board Hellowork released a study analysing 912,000 job offers published in the first quarter of 2021. When comparing the first quarters of 2020 and 2021, La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée, Atlantic France) is the mid-sized city with the highest increase in job offers in France. And that’s not all: Cholet ranks 3rd and Angers 8th!

3 Atlantic France cities in the top 10

Increase in the number of job offers published on Hellowork in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020 (excluding temporary work)  


La Roche-sur-Yon





Atlantic France, 3rd most dynamic region in France

At a more global level, the Atlantic France region ranks third among the most dynamic regions in France behind those of Lyon (Auvergne Rhône-Alpes) and Paris (Île-de-France). During the two first quarters of 2021, it represented 10% of the job offers excluding temporary work. And for temp work, the region ranked 2nd with a progression of up to 12%.

Logically, this distribution is found in the ranking of the most dynamic French metropolises. The biggest city in Atlantic France, Nantes, thus comes third behind Paris and Lyon with an increase of 10%.

Figures based on the number of job offers published on Hellowork in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2020.


of job offers for short and long term contracts are in Atlantic France


of job offers for temporary work are in Atlantic France


of job offers for short and long term contracts in a metropolis are in Nantes

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