In Thales' global hiring spree, company to hire 550 Indian engineers - Broadsword by Ajai Shukla

The French defense giant will pay compensation for the purchase of the Rafale and the upgrade of the Mirage 2000 (Photo: Improved Mirage at the Dassault factory in Istres)

By Vikas Gupta

Defence News of India, 28 February 23

French electronics giant Thales said Monday it will hire more than 12,000 new employees globally in 2023 to support its growth trajectory.

In India, new recruitswill comprise more than 550 people for the Thales engineering centers in Bangalore and Noida.

“The Group will hire all over the world and plans to hire 5,500 new employees in France, 550 in India, 1,050 in the United Kingdom, 600 in Australia and 540 in the United States,” the company said in a press release. . .

Thales recruits people in various professions.2022 saw an all-time high in recruitment, with 11,500 new hires, a 50% increase from its global hires in 2021.

It also demonstrated “Thales’ success in creating jobs during the Covid public health crisis, including continuing hiring for engineering centers in Bangalore and Noida,” Thales said in a statement today. today.

Thales also said it was working to improve gender parity in its workforce. In 2022, women accounted for 25% of new hires in India and made up 22% of its Indian workforce.

Thales must meet multi-billion dollar offset obligations in India related to the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters, the modernization of 51 Mirage 2000 fighters, the construction of six Scorpene submarines and other high value sales to India.

Compensatory commitments have gradually accumulated. Minister of State for Defense AjayBhatt told Parliament on August 5, 2022 that, of $6.83 billion in offset obligations due through August 1, 2022, vendors had submitted offset requests worth just $5.58 billion dollars, or 82.13% of their cumulative commitment.

A 2019 study by the Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis, carried out to assess the impact of offsets on the Indian defense industry, found that more than 90% of offset obligations were met by suppliers through the direct purchase of products and services. Indian companies. Virtually no vendor has chosen to rely on foreign direct investment to pay its offsets.

The study also highlighted that around 87% of clearing obligations were fulfilled through 15 Indian Clearing Partners (IOPs). Of these, the top five IOPs received 51.76% of clearing business and the top 10 up to 76.11%. This indicated that direct benefit from offsets was limited to a few large Indian defense companies.

Thales, as one of the world’s leading high-tech companies investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technology – is being closely watched by the Ministry of Defense for determine whether it is meeting its offset obligations in these areas or in simple manufacturing.

2022 was a record year for recruitment at Thales. Despite everything, it continues to hire in 2023 tosupport its strong growth trajectory in its three core markets: Aeronautics, Defense and Security and Digital Identity and Security.

“Thales is recruiting people across a range of job profiles for its engineering business in India,” Thales said. It is recruiting in all disciplines in all its business segments, and in particular for its Noida and Bangalore sites, Thales recruits people on permanent or permanent contracts and offers several internal mobility opportunities at Thales in India and in the world.

On these sites, Thales is mainly looking for hardware engineers, software engineers, systems architects, digital experts and project managers, offering them the opportunity to contribute to building a safer, greener and more inclusive world.

In 2021, The 77,000 Thales employees in 68 countries generated a turnover of 16.2 billion euros. Thales relies on the talents of 35,000 R&D engineers, who have built up a portfolio of 20,000 patents in areas such as quantum technologies, AI, lasers and cybersecurity.