Strong movements in the aviation market around the world are driving increased growth in the industry's potential for hiring, recent reports suggested. That is likely to help bring stronger market confidence in the near future.
According to Aviation International News, a recent survey had two focuses on the industry's hiring trends. It looked back at results from the previous year and noted further positive aspects of the market for the upcoming year.
Taking responses from about 400 companies, each involved across different sectors of the industry, the survey found that 70 percent of the industry didn't cut any jobs last year, with an additional 96 percent responding that they made new hires. Almost 10 percent of those interviewed said they added more than 200 new jobs to their staffs, representing huge growth.
Those sentiments are expected to continue into 2014 and beyond, as 83 percent of respondents expect at least moderate growth through the end of the year. Only 1 percent of those surveyed forecasted a moderate decline, while an overwhelming 90 percent saw new hires coming on the horizon. Another third of those businesses expected that they'd see additions of more than 200 employees in that time.
The highest-growing aspect was corporate aviation, which is increasingly in demand not only across North America but around the world. Skills seen as most in demand include maintenance and avionics technicians, accounting for about 30 percent of all hiring needs. Another 22 percent of all companies wanted new hires with skills in various completions and refurbishment specialties. Pilots were seen as in heavy demand with about 7.5 percent of companies looking to hire them..
The biggest reported challenge in hiring in the aviation industry was lack of experience, which was reported by 26 percent of companies. However, overall hiring will continue to grow, with reports suggesting that the spring months ending in June will represent the largest potential for new hires to be made.
While experts noted that the industry has been slow in the last few years, they also saw that demand in the past three months is at its highest point since 2010.
Many companies are especially focused on fleshing out their on-ground worker base, according to the Marine Corps Times. With more flights on the docket and tighter profit margins affected by the increasing cost of oil, companies will likely need to change and improve their current hiring efforts on the ground. Having the right maintenance crew can mean the difference between long-term costs of replacing aircraft and keeping them out in the field for years.
There are a number of different specified fields that are experiencing increased demand. Other than maintenance workers, non-flying jobs include mechanic work, sheet metal work and knowing the mechanics and electronics behind interior aircraft components.
What's more, a number of different positions are in high demand. Pilots aren't the only industry professionals experiencing shortages. Companies have newfound needs for workers who can examine aircraft parts for defects and repair them if necessary, diagnose or discover issues with mechanical or electrical components in the planes themselves, repair wings and brakes and replace defective parts using hand or power tools.
Special notice has been paid to a new need for specialization in specific parts of a plane, like hydraulics. Companies will increasingly look to find workers skilled in these disciplines in coming months.