In this newsletter series, we have noted that the apparent strength in the jobs market may not be what it appears to be at first glance. We’ve also highlighted the fact that the instability in the job market in the wider economy will affect the aviation space. Yet, there are some positives concerning job creation within the aviation space that should be highlighted, as well as some not-so-positive things.
Late 2021 and 2022 have seen significant recovery for the aviation industry after weathering the pandemic and lockdowns. This means that significant growth was seen in jobs and business as a result of base effects when the pre-pandemic levels are used as a baseline. This does not mean, however, that the aviation industry is back in full swing or that jobs in the industry are back to pre-pandemic levels.
Notwithstanding the above, we believe that the aviation industry is still heading for tough times ahead from a business perspective, and as a result, there will be difficult times in the aviation jobs segment as well.
In this week’s On Aviation™ Digest, we share some stories and articles on some interesting developments related to aviation jobs.
When This Pilot Quit Her Job, Her Employer Billed Her $20,000
Kate Fredericks quit her job flying for the cargo airline Ameriflight in late November 2021, six and a half months into her stint as a pilot based out of Puerto Rico. It was the most expensive resignation she could imagine. Ameriflight told Fredericks she owed the company $20,000 for the cost of her training since she was leaving before working for 18 months. Fredericks had signed an agreement to those terms when she was hired, so she wasn’t surprised the company expected her to pay up.
By Dave Jamieson | Huff Post
Aviation jobs need to be filled this year
“In 2022 we welcomed more than 13,000 new employees within Team Airbus around the world, in a complex environment which tested our resilience and attractiveness as a global employer.” Thierry Baril, Chief Human Resources & Workplace Officer of Airbus, added: “Following the success of our recruitment last year, we will hire over 13,000 employees again in 2023. We call on talented individuals from all over the world to join us in our journey to make sustainable aerospace a reality and to help us build a better, more diverse and inclusive workplace for all our employees.”
Boeing Added 15,000 Jobs in 2022, With More Hiring Ahead
Boeing’s trajectory as it strives to dig out of a deep hole is strangely the inverse of the giant tech companies. Google, Microsoft, and Meta all made billions every quarter last year and are now busily laying off tens of thousands of employees. Boeing lost $5.1 billion in 2022, while it hired 23,000 new people, according to employment figures released Friday.With attrition and retirements, Boeing’s worldwide workforce grew last year by nearly 14,800 net, bringing the total to 156,354. And this year, Boeing says it plans to hire 10,000 more, mostly in manufacturing and engineering jobs.
By Dominic Gates | Aviation Pros
Thailand to begin construction of $9 bln aviation city this year
BANGKOK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Thailand will begin construction on the 290-billion baht ($8.82 billion) U-Tapao aviation city early this year, a government spokesperson said on Friday. The project will generate 15,600 additional jobs in the first five years and drive growth in Thailand’s aviation industry, Tipanan Sirichana said in statement. The investment plan is slated to turn the Vietnam-war era U-Tapao airport into a new international airport linked up with a budget terminal, Don Muang airport, and the country’s main Suvarnabhumi Airport.
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