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France — New energies and green industry specialists hard to come by

17 February 2010

As companies aim to keep machinery and equipment going for longer during the economic crisis, a shortage has arisen for specialist maintenance engineers and technicians, Le Figaro reports.

Charles Maitenaz of staffing group Michael Page France, said "since nuclear power plant operators want to extend the life cycle of their plants they need very competent safety and maintenance staff."

Christele Albaret of recruitment agency Face a Face Conseil, commented "power plant stations are also exported and there is a need for specialist engineers and technicians to go abroad and make them work locally. These professionals must be able to speak decent English."

Maitenaz went on to say "it is the dynamic industries such as energy and green business, which are driving the job offers market at the moment."

Christele Albaret adds "we are getting more and more job offers for engineers and technicians in new energies, photovoltaic, waste management, etc. These industries are still very new and real specialists are very rare."

"What we need to do is find people with qualifications, which are as close to the required profile as possible. This requires serious investigative research."



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