Rouen Normandy economic development agency

High value-added tertiary sector

The regional capital attracts high value-added services

Today, the service sector is by far the largest of the Rouen metropolitan area, representing over three-quarters of paid employment. Spread over around 33,000 establishments, these jobs are mostly found in the financial and real estate sectors, but also in insurance, or the so-called “high value-added” services sub-sector. The other sub-sectors are not left out, however, notably that of customer relationships which consolidates its position with its centres’ skill improvement. This strong representation of the service sector reflects the status of the regional capital, which promotes the concentration of this type of activity.

Bright future outlooks

This phenomenon is expected to increase in the future, given the numerous investment projects and planned developments. If the real estate offer – essential for the attractiveness of service companies – has developed particularly well in recent years including through business incubators and business service centres, it should experience strong growth in the next ten years with two major projects: Rouen Seine Cité first of all, with pursuance of the Luciline-Rives de Seine and the Flaubert eco-districts’ development, which will offer new opportunities for the set-up of service activities; but also the future district Saint-Sever Nouvelle Gare where large surface areas will allow the emergence of a large and modern business district, conveniently connected to the main transport routes.