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Work in Marseille


Looking for a job in Marseille? Find, in this article, some information on its labor market and tips to guide you through your search.

Nicknamed the “Phocaean City”, Marseille is located in the Bouches-du-Rhône region. It is a world famous and popular destination with expatriates, especially thanks to its multicultural population, its sunny weather, along with its proximity with beaches and the sea.

Marseille also provides various professional opportunities to expatriates. So if you are planning to settle there, you should not have much to worry about. Take the time to inquire on its labor market so as to determine whether you will fit in.


Marseille enjoys a positive economic growth since a few years, especially due to the services field. In terms of employment, it is deemed to be a real job pool, being the most dynamic region in the PACA area. Close to the sea, Marseille also hosts the first Mediterranean French sea port.

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

Promising fields

As the local economy is mainly driven by services, you are more likely to be hired in the following fields, provided you have the required qualifications and skills:

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

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

In all cases, French employers appreciate candidates who know how to lay emphasis on their skills, both in writing and in practice.

Find a job

You probably know by now that job seekers in France are required to register with Pôle Emploi. This organization provides assistance to job seekers, especially in terms of face-to-face advice, as well as access to the local job database. You may also register with the Maison de l’Emploi de Marseille which acts as a facilitator between employers and jobs seekers. Find more information in the useful links listed below.

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. Indeed, they can notify you regarding any existing vacancies in the area, whether these have been advertised in local newspapers, on the Internet, or even via word-of-mouth.

 Useful links: – Work in Marseille Forum – Jobs in Marseille
Marseille Provence Métropole
Maison de l’Emploi de Marseille
Monster – Marseille
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