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The aeronautics industry is recruiting: thousands of vacancies in France

After the forced shutdown and the considerable impact of the health crisis on the aeronautical industry, the sector is experiencing a meteoric recovery that is set to last. Faced with the influx of orders and the future challenges facing air transport, thousands of positions are available in the aviation industry throughout France. Here's a closer look at recruitment prospects.
Published on May 23rd, 2023

France's aeronautics industry looks to the future with thousands of job openings

Aircraft manufacturers' order books are full for the years ahead. "Airbus has almost 10 years of production ahead of it. There are thousands of new recruits in the aviation industry, although this figure should not be considered on a global scale. In fact, these career opportunities are available throughout France. After a 2020 marked by almost empty skies and deserted airports, assembly lines are no longer idling. Proof that the dark days of covid are behind us.

Philippe Dujaric, Director of Social Affairs and Training at Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales (Gifas), also claims that 2022 was "the first year of a major upturn in recruitment". And since the start of 2023, announcements from leading aerospace companies have been pointing in the same direction.

The upturn in air traffic and the increase in defense budgets worldwide are driving the industry to undertake ambitious programs. In this respect, manpower requirements are keeping pace with this growth dynamic.

  • In its recruitment plan, Airbus has announced over 13,000 new hires worldwide, including 3,500 new employees in France.
  • The Safran group is aiming to hire 12,000 people, including 4,500 employees in France, after 17,000 new recruits in 2022.
  • Thales has set out equivalent forecasts, with a commitment to expand its workforce by 12,000 employees worldwide by 2023, including 4,000 new positions and around half of the new hires in France.
  • Last but not least, Dassault Aviation and aeronautical equipment supplier Daher are following suit, although hiring is more likely to be in the region of 1,000 people.

As a result, the sector is forecasting some 15,000 vacancies, from engineering to production and maintenance.

Recruiting for professions that are constantly evolving and facing new challenges

The specialties in demand are diverse: civil and military aircraft, helicopters, propulsion systems, equipment, maintenance... Industrial, craft or scientific professions with future challenges around the decarbonization and digitalization of the aviation sector. Artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and the harnessing of new energies are just some of the changes and transformations to come in civil aviation and defense.

Between job dating and work-study programs, the cutting-edge aeronautical professions welcome candidates from all horizons: with or without experience, recent graduates, people undergoing professional retraining, from CAP to Bac + 8.

To alleviate any recruitment difficulties, GIFAS has set up a website to list all current job vacancies in the aeronautics industry: laerorecrute.fr.

The shortage of personnel could put the brakes on the sector's growth. And yet, France knows how to design all the most complex parts of an aircraft. This know-how is recognized worldwide. Recruitment is therefore a major challenge for entire sectors of the economy.