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Known as the capital of French Flanders, Lille is a located in the North of France. As a very popular student city, it attracts expatriates in large numbers every year. Grouped with Lomme, Lambersart, Roubaix, Tourcoing and Villeneuve-d’Ascq, the city used to be a great metropolis known as the Urban Community of Lille.

By moving there, you will not only enjoy a dynamic and multicultural environment but also various professional opportunities.

Economy of Lille

With a population of around 225,000 inhabitants, Lille is located at a crossroads with Northern Europe. It is famous for its comprehensive and accessible transportation network. Over the past few years, Lille has become a leading economic powerhouse in the North of France. As a result, its labour market has also greatly diversified. Apart from the manufacturing industry, many job opportunities are also available in other sectors, especially services.

Promising fields

To date, business and personal services are the most promising fields in Lille, accounting for no less than 75% of the local economy. In fact, you are more likely to be hired in the following fields:

  • home help
  • housekeeping
  • maintenance

Jobs are also available in:

  • information and communication technology (system/network administrators, project managers, developers)
  • animation (animators and directors)
  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • hotels and catering (kitchen staff, clerks, waiters)
  • culinary sector (butchers, pastry chefs or bakers).

Find a job

The internet will be your best tool during your job search in Lille. Indeed, you can browse several general and specialised job websites, as well as professional social networks. Feel free to seek the assistance of Lille's Maison de l'Emploi or other recruitment agencies as well.

Otherwise, you can try your luck sending spontaneous job applications to large companies operating in the area. Word-of-mouth may also help if you have friends and contacts on the spot.

Remember that the local labor market also has a hidden side, especially when it comes to small and medium enterprises. In this case, networking will definitely be your ally.

 Useful links:

Lille Official Portal – Jobs
Maison de l’Emploi Lille – Lomme – Hellemmes
Lille Official Portal – Companies
Lille Official Portal – Local Missions
La Voix Emploi
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Prefecture
Graduate Land

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