EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: World
Location of affected unit(s): Canada, France, UK, Italy


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
30.30 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery
Number Employed: 65000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 24-05-2018
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 01-07-2018
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2018
Planned Job Creation: 5000

Additional Information

Thales, a major player in the French high-tech industry, which specialises in secure communications systems, has announced the recruitment of 5,000 people worldwide, of which 2,000 are to take place in France. The company seeks new talent in artificial intelligence and cyber-security. Thales is seeking profiles with diverse backgrounds in terms of nationality, education and professional experience. 40% of new hires will be women. Thales is primarily seeking engineers and managers to work in R&D (software, hardware and systems engineering), but also in manufacturing, customer service and bid and project management. The company is also expanding its Artificial Intelligence research teams. In addition to its current AI staff of 150 people, Thales is recruiting around 30 junior specialists and experts in AI, primarily in France and Canada. As the number of cyberattacks grows, Thales is also expanding its cybersecurity businesses and is seeking to hire 400 cyber specialists worldwide, including 200 in France.

As of July 2018, Thales employs 65,000 people worlwide and about 30,200 in France. A former recruitment announced is recorded in the ERM Database in 2016 (6,000 job creations). A smaller recruitment where also announced in October 2016 by Thales (400 employees for the Cybersecurity, including 200 in France).