Only 19 percent of French HR departments use free sites by Steve Shipside in Recruitment 31 Dec 2012 Job-matching site Qapa.fr has released a survey of 500 French companies polled over the last year that suggests 80 percent of recruitment is still done by means of paid-for press ads, job boards and traditional agencies with less than 20 percent going via free alternatives including job-matching sites (such as Qapa) and social networks. Stephanie Delestre, founder of Qapa.fr observes (not witho This article is only available to AIM Group clients. Please subscribe now or log in to view. Share FranceFranceQapa Steve Shipside Steve Shipside has been a technology and business journalist since 1990. He has written for numerous daily newspapers (Guardian, Times, Telegraph etc.), websites (including the BBC), and TV (he was a presenter for the Blue Chip business program on Sky TV). Over the years he has written just about everything from celebrity chef interviews for Healthy Eating magazine to Spice Girls profiles for French fashion magazine Citizen K. His specialty, however, is communications and marketing, which is a subject that he covered extensively for Wired as well as trade titles Campaign, Ads International, and Revolution. He has also published books on e-marketing (Capstone), presentations (Dorling Kindersley), communicating effectively (DK), and CVs (Dummies guides). He is based in Paris and London and writes news, features, and analysis on the U.K. and French markets for the AIM Group, as well as training French newspaper journalists in the dark arts of social media.