Busy French defense contractor Thales to hire 12,000 more workers

PARIS, France: In an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, Patrice Caine, CEO of French defense and technology group Thales, said the company plans to hire 12,000 new staff this year, due to strong demand for its entire product range.

The company has 80,000 staff, of which 40,000 are in France.

Over the past eight years, Thales has recruited 5,000 to 8,000 people per year, and in 2022, it had hired 11,500 new staff, he added, noting that all of the firm’s businesses, including defense and security, aeronautics and space, identity and digital security, were growing strongly.

"The company is a reflection of its markets, which are all seeing dynamic growth, with needs growing in all our fields of activity," he added, as quoted by Reuters.

After meeting with the Ukrainian defense minister, Caine said that France will provide its Ground Master 200 radar air defense system to Ukraine in May.

Shares of Thales, Europe’s largest electronics arms provider, rose nearly 60 percent since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24th February, 2022, outperforming the Refinitiv Europe Aerospace and Defense Index.