Why Toulouse-based Celad struggles to recruit IT specialists

The computer engineering company Celad in Toulouse is recruiting 200 engineers this year, but has only been able to hire 70 since January. In normal times, recruitment is largely done to compensate for an annual turnover of 15% of its 1,200 employees (900 employees and 300 service providers) spread across 11 French cities and a small American agency, who are poached by its clients in particular , and a little for growth. But there were few departures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year, the reasons for this search for employment lie elsewhere. Celad, which has 300 customers, from SMEs to large groups, must respond to the growth of its two businesses, the digitization of companies and electronics with embedded software. After decreasing by 9% in 2020, to 91 million euros, its turnover is expected to rise to 102 million in 2021.

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“Information technology has picked up stronger than the general economy because of the delay taken for a year and because we saw its usefulness to continue working in times of crisis. These new services, such as teleworking or telemedicine, will remain, ”analyzes its president, Vincent Gardeau.

The company is looking for computer scientists with a bac + 5 level specializing in information systems, engineering studies and project managers. The needs are significant in health (software for hospitals, appointment platforms), the digitalization of companies, connected objects in home automation and automotive, space and defense.


But the company is struggling to recruit. Already present before the crisis, the shortage of engineers is worsening with the strong demand due to the recovery. “There has been a great acceleration in computer needs in twenty years, but we are not training many more engineers than before,” deplores Vincent Gardeau. In the past, brilliant students aspired to receive scientific training, but today they favor commercial professions and human relations. To compensate, Celad has a habit of turning to young foreign graduates who have come for university exchanges. It has 36 nationalities in its ranks. But this year, due to the health crisis, the state grants few visas.

To attract candidates even more, the company boasts of its social policy, with a profit sharing of 1,500 to 2,000 euros net and 15 days of RTT per year. She integrates paid interns from schools that she then hires on permanent contracts. It relies on co-optation by paying 1,000 euros to employees who bring in a member of their network. Finally, it relies on learning and continuing training: more than half of its employees were trained during the Covid-19.

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