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Work in Toulouse


Finding a job in Toulouse can be quite stressing at first, especially if you are new to the city. Here is how to proceed.

Toulouse is deemed to be one of the most promising French cities in terms of employment. So if you are planning to move there, you should not have much trouble in finding a job there. Of course, you might have to be rather patient, but with appropriate planning, you should manage to find a job matching with your profile, especially if you are highly qualified. The relating procedures are explained in this article. Good luck!

Labor market

Toulouse has a population of around 900,000 inhabitants. However, its labor market is mainly led by less than 30 years old people, especially in the field of information and communication technology. According to the labor market's tendencies, it seems that recruiters particularly favor high profiles. Indeed, 19% of the active population occupy executive positions.

Moreover, since the past few months, employers seem to be preferring fixed-term contracts, that is less than 6 month contracts, as well as temporary contracts in the case of around 50% of recruitments. But permanent contracts are still quite widespread, although these are less mentioned that temporary and fixed-term contracts, that is at less than 35%.

Promising fields

As mentioned above, the local labor market rather favors high profiles, but this does not mean that you are not likely to find a job if you are not highly qualified. Below is a list of the most promising and dynamic sectors in Toulouse:

  • design and research
  • business services
  • personal services
  • transports (mostly temporary jobs)
  • trade (mostly temporary jobs)
  • hotels and catering (mostly temporary jobs)
  • industry
  • aeronautics
  • information and communication technology.

Of courses, many other sectors also require manpower. So you may try your luck in any of these according to your skills.


Eurocentre, which is located in the North of Toulouse, is a described as being a “multimodal” pole and a major economic hub where more than a hundred companies are clustered. It is indeed an important employment pool which you should definitely visit during your stay in the area. Find more information in the useful links provided below.

Besides Eurocentre, Toulouse also hosts many very small enterprises known as Très Petites Entreprises (TPE). These are also quite promising in terms of employment. You can find all the details about these companies by browsing the Internet.

Find a job

In all cases, you are advised to start your job search on the Internet right from your home country. Thus, you will have a better idea about the local labor market's requirements so as to be able to adapt your expectations, and your job applications as well (resume and cover letter).

Over the years, networking has also proved to be a useful tool when it comes to employment. You might start by inquiring on social networks such as Facebook, Viadeo, Linked In, and even on, and other virtual platforms.

Upon your arrival in France, make sure to register with Pôle Emploi which will provide you will personalized resources for your job hunt. You may as well register with temporary recruitment agencies in the meantime. In some cases, temporary jobs can even turn into permanent employment.

You will also find many job offers on the Internet and in local newspapers. Make sure to update your resume and cover letter according to French standards and feel free to send spontaneous job applications to companies operating the the area as well.

 Useful links: – Work in Toulouse Forum – Jobs in Toulouse 
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