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If you are planning to move to Lille, you will perhaps have to look for a job there. Find, in this article, all that you need to know on its labor market.

Known as the capital of the 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. So what are you waiting for?

Economy

With a population of around 225,000 inhabitants, Lille is a located at crossroads with Northern Europe. It is famous for its comprehensive and accessible transport network. Since the past few years, Lille has become a leading economic powerhouse in the North of France. Its labor market has also greatly diversified consequently. Besides 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 not less than 75% of the local economy. In fact, you are more likely to be hired in the following fields:

  • home help
  • housekeeping
  • maintenance agents
  • animation professionals (animators and directors).

Jobs are also available in:

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

Of course, other sectors also require expertise. Indeed, recruitment seems to be rising in Lille since some time.

Find a job

We no longer have to remind you that Internet will be your best tool during your job search in Lille. Indeed, you can browse several general and specialized job websites, as well as professional social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Viadeo, etc, and other virtual platforms. Feel free to seek the assistance of Lille's Maison de l'Emploi or other recruitment agencies as well.

Otherwise, try your luck by sending spontaneous job applications to big 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:

Expat.com – Work in Lille Forum 
Expat.com – Jobs in Lille
Lille Official Portal – Jobs www.lille.fr/cms/emploi
Maison de l’Emploi Lille – Lomme – Hellemmes mde-lille.fr
Lille Official Portal – Companies www.lille.fr/cms
Lille Official Portal – Local Missions www.lille.fr/cms/accueil
La Voix Emploi www.lavoixemploi.com
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Prefecture www.nord-pas-de-calais.direccte.gouv.fr
Indeed www.indeed.fr
Graduate Land graduateland.com
Erasmusu erasmusu.com
Glassdoor www.glassdoor.co.uk

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