Work in Lyon


Located at crossroads between Northern and Southern Europe, Lyon is one of the leading expat destinations in France. Bordered by the sea on one side and mountains on the other, the city has been attracting many expatriates over the years. If you want to work in Lyon, you will not have much trouble in finding a job, especially if your professional profile is attractive.

Lyon's economy and labour market

As the third biggest French city, Lyon is a major economic and trade exchange hub. It is an international and developing area thanks to several dynamic sectors, particularly services and trade.

With regards to the level of unemployment in Lyon, despite the national tendency, it remains rather low in Lyon. Indeed, 2014 statistics have revealed a considerable increase in terms of recruitment, compared to other major cities. This applies to most sectors and especially to young and highly qualified executives operating in them.

Promising fields

You are more likely to be hired in the following most dynamic sectors:

  • hospitality (including hotel and catering, especially waiters and clerks)
  • health and social care (including maintenance agents, home help)
  • trade
  • manufacturing
  • engineering
  • pharmaceuticals

Young professionals are in demand in Lyon given its relatively young labour market. However, experienced candidates are also very welcome as big companies continuously require highly qualified and skilled candidates. O2, Boccard, Micropole, Orange, are just a few of the big companies that you will find in Lyon.

Find a job

Why not start your job search by sending spontaneous job applications to large companies operating across the city? Make sure to update your resume and cover letter according to French standards. You may also want to consider recruitment agencies, or simply call them to enquire whether the company you are planning to apply for matches your profile.

You can also browse job ads on the internet as well, thanks to several general and specialised job websites, as well as professional social networks. You may also want to register temporary recruitment agencies which may be of great help besides networking. You should also visit Lyon's official portal regularly keep up with the latest job vacancies.

 Useful links:

Lyon Official Portal – Jobs
Pôle Emploi – Rhône-Alpes region
Monster – Lyon
Municipality of Lyon
The Local
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