Economy

Can the social and solidarity economy provide an answer to the skills shortage?

► The 2024 Paris Olympics, an accelerator for the SSE

Nicolas Peyronet, director of the ESS 2024 platform

The social and solidarity economy (ESS) takes an unprecedented place in the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (JOP). Never before has the sector been associated with this planetary event. We talk about the inclusion of people with disabilities and the attention paid to ecology, but also about local jobs that should benefit the SSE. In order not to forget the inhabitants of the territory, in particular Seine-Saint-Denis, which hosts many infrastructures, the Parisian association Les Canaux launched in 2019 the Internet platform “ESS 2024” (1). Its aim is both to present the public works contracts for the JOPs – to which SSE companies can respond alone or to several – and also to raise awareness among major construction and event contractors of the existence of SSE subcontractors that they can call on, in the Paris region and even throughout France.

Indeed, all the major Games markets have integration clauses which require large companies to directly hire people in integration or to employ integration structures. Since the start, 260 ESS structures have won these public contracts, which has allowed them to consolidate their local employment rate and participate in the athletes’ village and the aquatic center. We believe there will still be plenty of opportunities for SSE jobs and businesses between now and 2024, especially in catering, security, signage and landscaping. The JOPs will be an accelerator for the SSE.

► Our professions attract many young people

Hugues Vidor, President of the Union of Employers of the Social and Solidarity Economy (UDES)

The social and solidarity economy is a strong provider of jobs. It is estimated that more than 2.3 million people are employed in the sector, of which 79% in associations, the rest being in cooperatives and large mutuals. SSE companies act for all ages of life, from micro-nurseries to nursing homes, through personal services and all new jobs related to the ecological transition. And above all, in certain territories, these are the only actors who provide jobs for the inhabitants.

Our professions continue to attract but they suffer, like many others in France, from post-pandemic recruitment problems. This is the challenge we must meet. Udes is working on the attractiveness of our professions, which attract many young people, particularly through the Job Portal (2). The advantages of SSE jobs are highlighted: quality of life at work, participation of each employee in decision-making, social dialogue, etc. Of course, we also need to attract through higher salaries. This is why the Udes has just called on the Ministry of Labor to reform the tax on wages to which associations are subject, even though part of this tax will be abolished for commercial companies by 2024. , announced the government! We consider that it is a breach of equality in front of the tax, while we need to strengthen the attractiveness of the SSE through salaries.

Source : BBN NEWS

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