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Work in Marseille


Nicknamed the “Phocaean City”, Marseille is located in the Bouches-du-Rhône region. It is a world famous and popular destination with expatriates thanks to its multicultural population, its sunny weather, and its proximity to the seafront. There are also various professional opportunities for expatriates looking to work in Marseille.

Marseille's economy

Marseille has been enjoying positive economic growth for the past few years, due in large part to the services sector. In terms of employment, it is considered to be fairly open to job-seekers, especially considering it is heralded as the most dynamic region in the PACA area. Marseille also hosts the first Mediterranean French port due to its proximity to the sea.

Tourism and culture also make a significant contribution to the city's economy. All in all, Marseille is known to be much appreciated, both by the French and foreigners, for its dynamism, warmth and hospitality.

Promising fields

Given that the local economy is mainly driven by the tertiary sector, you are more likely to find a job in Marseille in the following fields, provided you have the required qualifications and skills:

  • personal services
  • paramedics
  • business services
  • community services
  • hotels and catering

Marseille also hosts many companies which are rather open to the recruitment of expats, namely McDonald’s, SNCF, EDF, La Poste, O2, Haribo, Ricard, Apave, Egencia, Cityvox and Wiko, among many others. You may also want to try your luck with the small and medium enterprises operating across the city.

Overall, French employers appreciate candidates who know how to best market their skills and talent.

How to find a job in Marseille

Job seekers in France are required to register with Pôle Emploi, which provides assistance to job seekers, especially in terms of face-to-face advice, as well as access to the local jobs database. You may also want to register with the Maison de l’Emploi de Marseille which acts as a facilitator between employers and job seekers.

Otherwise, you can start your job search on the internet right from your home country. Networking may also help if you have friends and contacts on the spot, as they can notify you regarding any existing vacancies in the area.

 Useful links:

Marseille Provence Métropole
Maison de l’Emploi de Marseille
Monster – Marseille
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