High Earners Want to Leave the France Capital for a Stress-free Life

Last updated on September 5th, 2018

Tired of the long commutes and high cost of living in Paris, the high earners want to ditch the capital for a less stressful existence, and move to a different city in France.

A recent survey by Online French recruiters Cadremploi reveals whopping 84 percent of middle managers or executives, that is, the high earners in Paris wish to leave, and do not want to waste any time in the capital as 70 per cent of these earners plan to do it in the next three years.  Besides, 28 per cent are even considering leaving the region in the next 12 months.

According to the survey, which took into account the views of 1,786 candidates registered on their website, the top complaint of 77 per cent of the high earners is the cost of living. While many also complaint about the time spent on commuting, where 49 per cent of those surveyed spend more than an hour and a half daily, with 56 percent considering this excessive.

The survey also revealed 54 per cent have problem with the lack of proximity to nature, while 48 percent complained about the unappealing environment and housing problems. Moreover, 65 per cent of the high earners are looking for a better work-life balance.

Executives who live and work in the suburbs of Paris were found among the most dissatisfied. As per the survey a total of 55 per cent of high earners are generally discontented with their current lives in Paris.

A majority of the working class preferring to move out of Paris, wants to settle in Bordeaux. According to the survey, 58 per cent of the executives wished to move to this city in the south west, which has seen property prices surge in recent years.

Following Bordeaux were Lyon and the Breton city of Nantes, which were ahead of Toulouse and Montpellier in the list. Other than these, the least desired places for the Parisians were Saint-Étienne in east-central France and Metz in the eastern region of the Grand Est.

Once considered desirable for easy accessibility to services, interesting work and the cultural scene, the French capital is losing its USP and eventually the executives.

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