Automobile group Stellantis announced on Monday that it plans to recruit 1,200 employees in France during the year 2023. “We recruited 1,050 people in 2022 in France and plan to recruit more in 2023,” said in a press release Xavier Chéreau, director of human resources of the group. Stellantis, born from the merger of PSA (Peugeot, Citroën, Opel) with FCA (Fiat, Chrysler), has told the unions its intention to recruit 1,200 employees in France this year “for production, engineering and Trade “.

“The energy transition imposes an unprecedented evolution of the production tool with for certain sites complete reconversions, allowing to pass from the manufacture of heat engines, whose industrial and engineering activity continues in France, to the production electric motors or batteries of French technology, ”underlines the group.

In 2022, 13,000 employees were trained in electrification, at the Trémery-Metz (Moselle) or Douvrin (Nord) sites. Stellantis is due to inaugurate its first European battery factory in Douvrin on May 30. 80 employees of the historic factory are already working there, and “at least 400 employees” will have joined the factory in 2024. The world’s sixth largest carmaker made these announcements as its payroll has shrunk in recent years. Before the merger in early 2021, the PSA and Fiat-Chrysler groups together had nearly 300,000 employees worldwide.

Two years after the merger, at the end of 2022, more than 26,000 employees were no longer with the company, which then had a total of 272,367 employees worldwide, according to Stellantis’ annual financial report. These departures took place in particular in Europe. The company has reduced its footprint in this market, where it makes the bulk of its sales, while the bulk of the profits come from North America. The group, which recorded a record net profit of 16.8 billion euros in 2022, plans to redistribute 2 billion euros to its employees.