Work in Lyon


Have you decided to settle and work in Lyon? Find out, in this article, how to proceed to land a job in this major French city.

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 also wish to settle there, especially to work, you will not have much trouble in finding a job, especially if you have a high profile. But make sure to inquire on its labor market beforehand so as to have a better idea of what you can expect.

Economy and labor 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.

As regards unemployment, 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 specially to young and highly qualified executives.

In 2014, 22% of companies operating across the city intended to hire at least one new employee.

Promising fields

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

  • services (including hotel and catering, especially waiters and clerks)
  • health, sanitary and social (including maintenance agents, home help)
  • trade
  • industry (petrochemicals, metallurgy)
  • engineering
  • pharmaceutics
  • health care.

Young professional profiles are much required in Lyon given its relatively young labor market. However, experienced candidates are also very welcome as big companies continuously require highly qualified and skilled manpower. O2, Boccard, Micropole, Orange, etc, are some 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 big companies operating across the city? Make sure to update your resume and cover letter according to French standards. You may also pay a visit to Human resource agents, or simply call them to inquire whether the company requires your profile.

Feel free to browse job ads in the Internet as well thanks to several general and specialize job websites, as well as professional social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and other virtual platforms. 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 to be aware of the latest job vacancies.

 Useful links: – Work in Lyon Forum – Jobs in Lyon
Lyon Official Portal – Jobs
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