Business expansion
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.30 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery

2,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
24 May 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 July 2018
Foreseen end date
31 December 2018


Thales, a major player in the French high-tech industry, which specialises in secure communications systems, has announced it will recruit 5,000 people worldwide, including 2,000 in France. The company is seeking new talents in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. 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 & project management. The company is also expanding its Artificial Intelligence research teams. In addition to its current 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. Thales employs 65,000 people worlwide and about 30,200 in France. A former recruitment announced is recorded in the ERM Database in 2016 (between 2,000 and 2,500 recruitments in France). Smaller recruitments where also announced in October 2016 by Thales (200 employees for the Cybersecurity),  in September 2016 for its subsidiary Thales Systèmes Aéroportés (150 job creations) and in January 2016 for its subsidiary Thales Alenia (270 job creations).


  • 9 July 2018: Toutlemploi.fr
  • 24 May 2018: Thales (Press release)


Eurofound (2018), Thales, Business expansion in France, factsheet number 94544, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/94544.