Working in Marseille

Finding work in Marseille
Updated 2019-08-15 07:00

Nicknamed the “Phocaean City”, Marseille is the second-largest city in France and the capital of the Provence region. Thanks to its multicultural population, sunny weather, and proximity to the seafront, Marseille remains a popular destination with expatriates and holidaymakers alike. This dynamism makes for various professional opportunities for expatriates looking to work in Marseille.

Marseille's economy

Marseille is a city appreciated for its dynamism, warmth and hospitality. The city 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 Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (or PACA) region, with over 145,000 jobs linked specifically to tourism. Marseille is also home to the first Mediterranean French port - the largest in the country. Tourism and culture also make a significant contribution to the city's economy.

The most promising fields in Marseille

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

  • Business services

  • Community services

  • Hotels and catering

  • Tourism

Marseille also hosts many companies open to the recruitment of expats, including but not restricted to names including McDonald's, SNCF, EDF, La Poste, O2, Haribo, Ricard, Apave, Egencia, Cityvox and Wiko. You may also want to try your luck with the small and medium enterprises operating across the city.

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.

Get a head start by beginning your job search on the internet right from your home country. Networking will also help if you have friends and contacts in the area, as they can notify you regarding any existing vacancies in your field. Bear in mind not only professional networking sites such as LinkedIn but also Facebook and online forums, where casual work can often be advertised via social networks and word-of-mouth.

Useful links:

Marseille Provence Métropole
Maison de l'Emploi de Marseille
Monster ' Marseille
The Local

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