This should interest those who have always dreamed of working alongside Mickey, Snow White or Darth Vader. The most famous amusement park in Europe, Disneyland Paris (Chessy) is preparing to hire 8,500 additional employees, including 1,500 on permanent contracts. This is in any case the objective of the annual recruitment campaign launched at the beginning of the month by the park. “We especially need maintenance and catering labor,” the human resources managers at Disneyland Paris told our colleagues at Le Parisien.
Despite its notoriety, the park is bearing the brunt of labor shortages in certain professions under pressure, in the field of maintenance in particular. Candidates capable of maintaining and repairing attractions are not common, and the parks compete fiercely for them. “Maintenance skills are difficult to find, because apart from in another park, you can't find them anywhere else,” admits the park's human resources director in the columns of Le Parisien.
More than thirty professions involved in the renovation of attractions are coveted by the park: technicians, engineers... In total, more than 120 permanent positions remain available in this field. Beginners looking for training in the attraction sector are also welcome. According to management, they would benefit from a salary slightly higher than the minimum wage (2%) at the start of their employment.
This is not the first time that the park has been so short of resources. Already last year, EuroDisney announced that it would recruit several thousand employees during its annual campaign. As a reminder, the park already employs nearly 16,000 employees, which has earned it recognition as “one of the largest establishments in France” by INSEE. After laying off nearly 1,000 employees at the height of the health crisis, Disneyland is now seeking to expand and diversify its workforce, as the park continues to expand. “Avengers Land has just been inaugurated and we are preparing the expansion of the next Land, which will increase our recruitment needs tenfold,” the group’s management explains to our colleagues.
Will the candidates jostle at the gates of the Disney kingdom? One thing is certain: after the impressive recruitment campaign orchestrated by Parc Astérix this summer (2000 seasonal workers hired), this new announcement testifies to the excellent form of amusement parks, which definitely do not seem to be experiencing the crisis.