Fitch Bennett has been operating in the Lille region for a very long time, our Partners have a very good understanding of the recruitment issues that Lille companies face in their development and are able to provide the appropriate solutions.
Although the Lille metropolitan area has a higher unemployment rate than the rest of France, a number of sectors are experiencing difficulties in terms of recruitment.
The capital of the North.
This paradoxical situation can be explained by profiles or companies that are not adapted to needs and demands.
The State and Pôle emploi, in partnership, have set up Maisons de l’emploi (job centers) to create a bridge between companies and job seekers.
The capital of the North has more than 45,000 companies in emblematic sectors of the region, such as mass distribution, but also in cutting-edge areas with innovative poles of competitiveness. Organizations such as Euratech or Eurasanté give the city a new dynamic. These specialized economic development agencies assist all the players in the health and digital sectors in their projects to create or develop activities.
Areas of expertise.
Logistics, textile, food distribution. The city is considered the capital of mass distribution and distant sales thanks to its geographical position and also to its background as a merchant city. Most of the head offices of large companies in the sector are located around Lille. Finally, all the jobs in this sector are represented and therefore wanted. Support functions are particularly sought after. This is particularly felt in the fields of management, accounting or human resources.
However, these support functions do not only concern the mass distribution sector but also the industrial sector. In Douai and Valenciennes, SMEs and industrial sites are constantly looking for candidates. The sectors present are numerous and include metallurgy, construction and public works as well as the automotive industry, and the food industry, although this sector has declined slightly in recent years.
Lille metropolitan area has been able to diversify its activities.
Indeed, the food industry, the pharmaceutical industry, or health complete the economic landscape of Lille. Since the beginning of 2019, new needs are mainly felt in Lille metropolitan area on the banking and insurance side.
The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region has long suffered from an image of France’s cul-de-sac.
With the help of the European Union and globalization, the former handicap associated with its status as a border city has become a great asset, which positions the Lille area in the best possible way.
The arrival of the TGV.
This position has been confirmed by the arrival of the TGV, with the interconnection of the two stations Lille Flandres and Lille Europe. On the map of Europe, the northern conurbation is now at the crossroads of the axes linking three nearby capitals: Brussels, Paris and London. This proximity to the major European decision-making centers will be reinforced at the end of 2010 with a sharp reduction in travel times to Amsterdam and Cologne, which will be reachable in two and a half hours. And the TGV serves no less than 60 French cities from Lille, definitively erasing the historical isolation.
The attractiveness of the Lille metropolitan area is also enriched by its undeniable cultural influence.
All in all, the positioning of the Lille region makes it an ideal place for so-called relocation files.
While Bonduelle was a forerunner in 1989, followed by AXA and Docks de France in the 1990s, examples have multiplied since the 2000s: from the Ecole Nationale des Douanes, which left Neuilly for Tourcoing, to Jardineries Delbard in 2005, via Téréos the year before, the movement never ceased to gain momentum.
Over the past three years, a succession of big names followed one another:
Cetelem has grouped together certain activities in Euralille, McCain has set up its European headquarters in the Haute Borne park, and Tate & Lyle has set up its R&D center. Last year, the Ecole Nationale de Protection Judiciaire de la Jeunesse in turn left the Paris region (Vaucresson) to open its doors in Roubaix. The metropolis was able to catch in its net the French headquarters of Bayer Schering Pharma (see below), which was transferred from La Défense.
The Lille metropolitan area has been able to challenge itself.
With the creation of the territorial brand, “Hello Lille”, the city is mobilizing to develop its attractiveness. The message is focused on “generosity, hospitality and friendliness of metropolitans,” according to the city. They see this novelty as a real invitation to settle or establish themselves on the territory of the Lille metropolitan area. Over the last five years, a very strong return to employment has been observed in the Lille area.
The capital of the North also enjoys an ideal geographical location.
Close to Paris and Belgium, Luxemburg and England, Lille is a European crossroads “where it is good to live”. In addition to multiplying actions to modernize, the region benefits from multiple advantages. Its central location allows the setting-up of important logistic hubs such as Amazon for example. Globally, the market is oriented towards permanent and non-seasonal employment in the metropolitan area or the entire territory. Many companies have thus capitalized on their production tools to modernize and thus make their offer more attractive.