JSfirm finds 85% of aviation companies expect to hire in 2012

JSfirm finds 85% of aviation companies expect to hire in 2012

20-Feb-2012 Source: JSfirm

JSfirm.com Manager, Jeff Richards, is pleased to report the results of their annual survey regarding the hiring outlook for aviation companies in 2012.  “Eighty five percent (85%) of companies surveyed expect to hire in 2012” Richards said. “Over 650 companies participated.”

JSfirm.com is a leading job board and active resume database dedicated to the aircraft industry.  They used a network that reached across various aviation sectors including helicopter, general aviation, corporate, commercial, and others.  Richards pointed out, “These positive results support the fact that more companies are advertising job vacancies and searching resumes on JSfirm.com than ever before.”

How would you describe the results?  Richards summarized:

  • 85% of companies will be hiring this year
  • The 1st and 2nd quarter will have the heaviest hiring
  • Companies cited “lack of experience” as the largest recruiting challenge
  • Top resources for finding employees with aviation specific talent are aviation specific websites

How does a company let job seekers know they are hiring?  Richards says, “Aviation specific web sites are the preferred choice.  We have a dedicated line (724-547-6203) for companies to call.  They can also sign up on the web site at http://www.jsfirm.com/listjobsregistration.asp.”

 

 

Results: Aviation Industry 2011 & 2012 Hiring Trends and Expectations


   
   
Q1 – Approximately how many people does your company employ?    
Answer

Responses

Percent

1 – 10

122

18.05%

11 – 30

159

23.52%

31 – 50

82

12.13%

51 – 100

96

14.20%

101 – 200

72

10.65%

201 – 500

53

7.84%

501+

92

13.61%

Q2 – How many jobs were cut from your company last year (2011)?    
Answer

Responses

Percent

None

461

68.70%

1 – 5

123

18.33%

6 – 10

24

3.58%

11 – 20

18

2.68%

21 – 50

22

3.28%

51 – 100

11

1.64%

101 – 200

3

0.45%

201 +

9

1.34%

Q3 – How many people did your company hire in 2011?      
Answer

Responses

Percent

None

77

11.48%

1 – 5

275

40.98%

6 – 10

77

11.48%

11 – 20

70

10.43%

21 – 50

54

8.05%

51 – 100

45

6.71%

101 – 200

26

3.87%

201+

47

7.00%

Q4 – How many people will your company be hiring this year (2012)?    
Answer

Responses

Percent

1 – 5

272

40.36%

6 – 10

67

9.94%

11 – 20

57

8.46%

21 – 50

61

9.05%

51 – 100

40

5.93%

101 – 200

34

5.04%

201+

40

5.93%

Likely not hiring

103

15.28%

Q5 – When do you expect your company to hire?      
Answer

Responses

Percent

1st Quarter 2012 (Jan – March)

316

27.08%

2nd Quarter 2012 (April – June)

349

29.91%

3rd Quarter 2012 (July – Sept)

207

17.74%

4th Quarter 2012 (Oct – Dec)

147

12.60%

N/A

148

12.68%

 

 

 

Q6 – What type of people will your company be hiring this year?    
Answer

Responses

Percent

Avionics

204

9.69%

Maintenance

358

17.00%

Sheetmetal/Structures/Composites/Fabricators

154

7.31%

Interiors/Cabinetry/Upholstery

61

2.90%

Paint

51

2.42%

Quality Assurance

120

5.70%

Engineering

131

6.22%

Pilots

220

10.45%

Flight Attendants

31

1.47%

Dispatch

53

2.52%

Line Service

85

4.04%

Sales/Marketing/Business Development

104

4.94%

Social Media Manager

8

0.38%

Customer Service

100

4.75%

Administration

151

7.17%

Management

99

4.70%

N/A

95

4.51%

Other

81

3.85%

Q7 – What type of aircraft does your company primarily support?    
Answer

Responses

Percent

Helicopter

266

23.94%

General aviation: single and light twin engine aircraft

238

21.42%

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

272

24.48%

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

183

16.47%

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

89

8.01%

N/A

19

1.71%

Other

44

3.96%

Q8 – Which best describes the service your company provides?    
Answer

Responses

Percent

Airport/FBO

106

11.04%

Maintenance Repair and Overhaul

293

30.52%

OEM

43

4.48%

Aircraft Operator

215

22.40%

Association

1

0.10%

Support Service such as insurance, software, data, etc

23

2.40%

School or Training Center

68

7.08%

Staffing/Recruiting

44

4.58%

Sales/Distribution/Lease

45

4.69%

Other

122

12.71%

 

 

Q9 – How much of your business supports the defense industry?    
Answer

Responses

Percent

Less than 10%

476

72.89%

10 – 25%

75

11.49%

26 – 50%

31

4.75%

51 – 75%

32

4.90%

76 – 100%

39

5.97%

Q10 – What is the biggest challenge you have finding qualified aviation talent?  
Answer

Responses

Percent

No problem

134

14.09%

Our location

151

15.88%

Finding effective resources

85

8.94%

Lack of experience

272

28.60%

Candidate pay expectations are too high

158

16.61%

Our company pay is below standard

41

4.31%

Lack of feedback from hiring managers

19

2.00%

No time to actually recruit

38

4.00%

Other

53

5.57%

Q11 – What resources do you use to find aviation specific talent?    
Answer

Responses

Percent

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

209

10.50%

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

444

22.31%

Professional and Social Media (facebook, linkedIn, etc.)

145

7.29%

Aviation contract labor companies

97

4.87%

Aviation direct hire recruiting companies

62

3.12%

Aviation job fairs

98

4.92%

Local newspapers

134

6.73%

Industry magazines

76

3.82%

Aviation schools

160

8.04%

Paid referrals from internal employees

91

4.57%

Word of mouth

397

19.95%

Other

77

3.87%

 

 

About JSfirm.com

JSfirm.com is the largest aviation job distribution network in the world.  Founded in 1999, they have been providing service to the aviation industry for over 10 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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