PARIS (Reuters) – Brexit has led to 3,517 financial sector jobs shifting to the Paris region since Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016, French lobby group Paris Europlace estimates.
European capitals have been jostling to attract business from London in the wake of the Brexit referendum, especially among banks, asset managers and other financial services firms.
Paris Europlace said the jobs came from teams relocating to or investment decisions favouring the country and linked to Brexit. It listed JPMorgan and Japan’s Nomura among those that had shifted teams, but also French banks BNP Paribas and Societe Generale, which have big operations in Britain.
Overall, and including companies outside finance and in sectors such as healthcare or carmakers, Paris Europlace estimated the Brexit boost for French jobs at 5,000.
Estimates of lost business for Britain vary. Consultants EY said in October that more than 7,500 finance jobs, as well as a trillion pounds in assets, had already left for the EU.
The number of jobs is still a fraction of those based in London, however, and far fewer have moved so far compared to initial estimates just after the Brexit vote, with some forecasting tens of thousands would cross the English Channel.
(This story corrects number of jobs created in headline and paragraph 1 to 3,517 from 4,735, and in paragraph 4 to 5,000 from 9,516; clarifies that figures apply to the Paris region not whole of France)
(Reporting by Sarah White; Editing by Alexander Smith)