What jobs are on offer in south west France?

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What jobs are on offer in south west France?
Toulouse-based Airbus will be recruiting. Photo: AFP

Unemployment in France is falling, with the economy growing and thousands of new jobs being created, but what is on offer varies dramatically from place to place.


Several areas of France have cornered the market in particular employment fields, so if you're looking for work in France you need to know what is out there.

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Here we look at the type of jobs likely to be available in the south west of France - the areas covered by the Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions.

The data comes from the French unemployment office Pôle emploi, combined with local chambers of commerce, unions, local authorities and companies, as well as the recruitment agency Adecco and was put together in a major data journalism exercise by French newspaper Le Parisien.

Here are the overall projections for 2020.

Nouvelle Aquitaine

1. Healthcare. The CHU hospital in Bordeaux is expected to recruit hundreds of positions in both medical and non medical roles throughout 2020. The highly regarded hospital is particularly looking for nurses, physiotherapists and psychiatrists.

2. Information technology. Consultants, developers and software engineers will be needed - the Canadian firm CGI has a major presence in the region and says it has full order books for 2020, necessitating new staff.


CGI's Canadian boss Serge Godin. Photo: AFP

3. Retail. Lidl is making a major expansion in France and opening many new stores across the country, so it is expected that they will be recruiting heavily in 2020, both for construction workers to build new stores and sales staff to operate them. Lidl also has a logistics warehouse in the Bordeaux suburb of Cestas which is a big employer.

4.Retail. The cut-price retailer C Discount is also recruiting heavily in the south west and it too has a large logistics depot in Cestas.

5. Public transport. The Bordeaux public transport operator Keolis is looking for bus drivers as the city's bus network expands further out into the suburbs and surrounding towns.


1. Aeronautical. Airbus, based in Toulouse, is a major employer in the region and has a very multi-national staff. They are set to recruit up to 2,000 staff over the course of 2020 - on both permanent and temporary contracts - and need technicians, engineers and factory workers. The company has already announced plans for a new assembly line.

2. Technology - the French technology and engineering consulting firm Alten is another major employer that is set to recruit up to 800 engineers and project managers in 2020. They are particularly looking for people for their telecoms, energy and rail sectors and are advertising positions on salaries of between €30,000 and €50,000 a year.

3. Energy. The green energy firm Spie France, which designs and builds energy-saving installations, is set to expand and will be recruiting both at its headquarters in Toulouse and in Albi and Pont-Sainte-Esprit. They need technicians and engineers.

4. Catering - Burger King is set to open about 60 new outlets in France in 2020, around a dozen of them in the Occitanie region, so will be looking for staff.

5. Retail - Lidl is also recruiting in Occitanie and says it will need about 350 new staff in 2020.

As is the case across France, recruitment tends to be concentrated on the big cities, particularly Toulouse and Bordeaux - which is making a concerted effort to draw companies and employees away from Paris.

However there are smaller towns in the region that are also recruiting, particularly Angoulême in Charente, which is positioning itself as a centre of excellence for the digital industry and Nîmes which has a large university hospital.

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