Employment on the Côte d’Azur

Key figures

There are about 2 million working people on the Côte d’Azur, including more than 450,000 in the Alpes-Maritimes Department. Today, the South Region is the third largest French region in terms of job and business creation after the Ile de France and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes areas. The South Region is also the third largest region with the highest wages in France, and the third largest region in terms of GDP/inhabitants.

Executives and professional occupations represent about 16.6% of the total jobs in the South Region, which makes it the third highest percentage in France.
70% of the jobs on the Côte d’Azur are related to the Services industry, especially Tourism (hotels, catering and transportation), Administrative Services, Specialized Activities, Scientific and Technological Activities, and Real Estate.

The Côte d’Azur is renowned for its Tourism industry, but there are also other highly developed recruiting sectors. Today, the Manufacturing industry represents a key sector with a positive economic impact on the region. In particular, the construction and transport material activities account for more than 3,900 jobs, the food industry for more than 2,500 jobs, and the chemical industry for more than 4,900 jobs. Due to its demographic specificities, the “Silver Economy” is also accelerating on the Côte d’Azur.

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Average wages

From one French region to the other, the average wages can vary. They are higher in the Paris area than elsewhere in France. In 2016, the average income in the private sector in France was set at €2.238/month and the median salary at €1.789/month according to the INSEE (“Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques).

Average annual net income per region in the Private sector in 2015:

  • Île de France : 29.010€
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes : 21.840€
  • Occitania : 21.550€
  • French Guiana : 21.510€
  • Centre Val de Loire : 21.260€
  • Normandy : 21.070€
  • South Region : 20.950€
  • Haut-de-France : 20.900€
  • Martinique : 20.780€
  • Grand Est : 20.730€
  • Guadeloupe : 20.910€
  • Pays de la Loire : 20.500€
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine : 20.200€
  • Brittany : 20.060€
  • La Réunion : 19.230€
  • Corsica : 18.370€

The average annual net income was of 21.540€ in the Alpes-Maritimes in 2015 according to the INSEE. The Côte d’Azur department was ranked 22nd on a national level that same year.

In 2015, the average income per year of the socio-professional category « Executives and Intellectual Professions” was of 42.410€/year. The « Intermediate Occupations » received an average income of 24.370€, the “Employees” 15.210€ and the “Workers” 16.860€.