2013 Prediction – Aviation Hiring

Fort Worth, Texas (March 5, 2013) JSfirm.com, an online aviation only job board, is happy to release the 4th Annual Hiring Trend Survey. Jeff Richards, JSfirm.com manager said, "This survey gives our industry a sneak peak of what's going to happen in 2013. It's a great guide and has proven to be accurate in past years."

In summary: 

  • 356 aviation companies across various sectors were surveyed.
  • 85% of companies will be hiring in 2013.
  • Skilled maintenance professionals will be in highest demand. Followed by Pilots.
  • April, May and June will be when companies do the most of their hiring for the year.

 

 

Results: Aviation Industry 2013 Hiring Trends and Expectations

 

 

 

 

Q1 - Approximately how many people does your company employ?

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

1 - 10

50

13.93%

11 - 30

68

18.94%

31 - 50

47

13.09%

51 - 100

60

16.71%

101 - 200

50

13.93%

201 - 500

44

12.26%

501+

40

11.14%

Q2 - How many jobs were cut from your company last year (2012)?

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

None

231

64.53%

1 - 5

74

20.67%

6 - 10

14

3.91%

11 - 20

13

3.63%

21 - 50

10

2.79%

51 - 100

10

2.79%

101 - 200

2

0.56%

201 +

4

1.12%

     

Q3 - How many people did your company hire last year (2012)?

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

None

35

9.86%

1 - 5

131

36.90%

6 - 10

54

15.21%

11 - 20

36

10.14%

21 - 50

37

10.42%

51 - 100

17

4.79%

101 - 200

15

4.23%

201+

30

8.45%

     

4 - In 2013, my company is projecting:

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

Significant growth

38

10.89%

Moderate growth

198

56.73%

No Growth

74

21.20%

Moderate decline

14

4.01%

Significant decline

6

1.72%

Not sure

19

5.44%

     

5 - How many people will your company be hiring this year (2013)?

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

1 - 5

140

38.89%

6 - 10

47

13.06%

11 - 20

35

9.72%

21 - 50

27

7.50%

51 - 100

21

5.83%

101 - 200

13

3.61%

201+

23

6.39%

Likely not hiring

54

15.00%

     

6 - When do you expect your company to hire?

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

1st Quarter 2013 (Jan - March)

161

26.83%

2nd Quarter 2013 (April - June)

169

28.17%

3rd Quarter 2013 (July - Sept)

111

18.50%

4th Quarter 2013 (Oct - Dec)

78

13.00%

N/A

81

13.50%

     

 

7 - What type of people will your company be hiring this year?

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

Avionics

102

9.39%

Maintenance

190

17.50%

Sheet metal/Structures/Composites/Fabricators

92

8.47%

Interiors/Cabinetry/Upholstery

32

2.95%

Paint

32

2.95%

Quality Assurance

57

5.25%

Engineering

63

5.80%

Pilots

124

11.42%

Flight Attendants

16

1.47%

Dispatch

29

2.67%

Line Service

48

4.42%

Sales/Marketing/Business Development

55

5.06%

Social Media Manager

2

0.18%

Customer Service

52

4.79%

Administration including Human Resources/Recruiting

61

5.62%

Management

50

4.60%

N/A

43

3.96%

Other

38

3.50%

     

8 - What type of aircraft does your company primarily support?

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

Helicopter

143

23.10%

General aviation: single and light twin engine aircraft

127

20.52%

Corporate aircraft: Lear, Citation, Hawker, Gulfstream, etc.

153

24.72%

Commercial/Transport Category: wide body aircraft, transport, etc.

89

14.38%

Military: F-16, C130, V-22, etc.

52

8.40%

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS / UAV)

17

2.75%

N/A

11

1.78%

Other

27

4.36%

     

9 - Which best describes the service your company provides?

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

Airport/FBO

56

11.67%

Maintenance Repair and Overhaul

144

30.00%

OEM

19

3.96%

Aircraft Operator

108

22.50%

Association

6

1.25%

Support Service such as insurance, software, data, etc

5

1.04%

School or Training Center

33

6.88%

Staffing/Recruiting

31

6.46%

Sales/Distribution/Lease

18

3.75%

Other

60

12.50%

10 - What is the biggest challenge you have finding qualified aviation talent?

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

No problem

76

15.23%

Our location

71

14.23%

Finding effective resources

41

8.22%

Lack of experience

136

27.25%

Candidate pay expectations are too high

93

18.64%

Our company pay is below standard

18

3.61%

Lack of feedback from hiring managers

13

2.61%

No time to actually recruit

21

4.21%

Other

30

6.01%

     

11 - What resources do you use to find aviation specific talent?

 

 

Answers

Responses

Percent

Non aviation websites (monster, careerbuilder, indeed, etc.)

106

9.55%

Aviation specific websites (jsfirm, pilotjobs, avianation, etc.)

257

23.15%

Professional Networking websites (linkedin)

108

9.73%

Social Media websites (facebook, twitter, etc.)

52

4.68%

Aviation contract labor companies

46

4.14%

Aviation direct hire recruiting companies

34

3.06%

Aviation job fairs

59

5.32%

Local newspapers

60

5.41%

Industry magazines

29

2.61%

Aviation schools

99

8.92%

Paid referrals from internal employees

60

5.41%

Word of mouth

175

15.77%

Other

25

2.25%

     

About JSfirm.com

JSfirm.com is the fastest growing aviation job distribution network with resume database access in the world.  Founded in 1999, they have been providing service to the aviation industry for over 12 years.  JSfirm.com is a free service to Job Seekers.  The company’s comprehensive website includes access to job postings, direct email of new employment opportunities, free resume builder and networking tools.  Companies receive direct access to resumes, management tools, and unlimited job postings with multiple user capabilities and a dedicated Account Manager to help plan a company’s candidate search program.   For more information, visit: www.jsfirm.com or call one of our two locations at 724-547-6203 or 817-560-0300.

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