Business expansion
Ouest; Pays de la Loire; Loire-Atlantique
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.11 - Building of ships and floating structures

150 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
29 September 2016
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


The shipbuilding company STX France has announced plans to recruit 150 permanent employees for the Saint-Nazaire shipyard by the end of 2016. STX France has been commissioned to build 14 cruise ships by 2026 and needs to increase its workforce in order to keep up with the demand. The company has recruited 250 people over the past 9 months, but is still facing a labour shortage and finding it difficult to recruit boilermakers and welders. According the Loire-Atlantique department of the public employment service, Pôle Emploi, there were about 200 boilermakers seeking employment two years ago, and there are currently no more. Since the beginning of 2016, more than 500 people have started training in shipbuilding in Saint-Nazaire with Pôle Emploi, but the training process takes time (between 10 and 12 months for boilermakers) and Pôle Emploi does not receive enough candidates to enter into training.


  • 29 September 2016: 20 minutes


Eurofound (2016), STX France, Business expansion in France, factsheet number 88761, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88761.