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2014 FORECAST Hiring in Aviation

JSfirm.com, an online aviation-only job board, has released its 5th Annual Hiring Trends Survey. Jeff Richards, JSfirm.com manager says, “This annual survey has proven to be accurate in past years at forecasting the hiring trends and is highly anticipated by the aviation industry.”

In summary:

•  400 aviation companies across various sectors were surveyed

•  91% will hire in 2014 (up from 85% in 2013)

•  Skilled maintenance technicians will be in highest demand

•  April, May, and June will likely see the most hiring

•  78% are projecting growth in 2014 (up from 67% in 2013)

•  69% experienced an attrition rate of 10% or less

•  The #1 employee retention tool is “Recognition and Appreciation”

Results: Aviation Industry 2014 Hiring Trends and Expectations

Q1 - Approximately how many people does your company employ?

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

1 - 10                                                                            56          13.97%

11 - 30                                                                         105          26.18%

31 - 50                                                                         48          11.97%

51 - 100                                                                       57          14.21%

101 - 200                                                                     51          12.72%

201 - 500                                                                     35            8.73%

501+                                                                              49          12.22%

 

Q2 - Were any jobs cut from your company last year (2013)?

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

None                                                                           273          68.25%

1 - 5                                                                               82          20.50%

6 - 10                                                                             21            5.25%

11 - 20                                                                            9            2.25%

21 - 50                                                                            7            1.75%

51 - 100                                                                          5            1.25%

101 - 200                                                                        2            0.50%

201 +                                                                               1            0.25%

 

Q3 -How many people did your company hire last year (2013)?

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

None                                                                             26            6.48%

1 - 5                                                                             166          41.40%

6 - 10                                                                             50          12.47%

11 - 20                                                                           42          10.47%

21 - 50                                                                           43          10.72%

51 - 100                                                                         24            5.99%

101 - 200                                                                       21            5.24%

201 +                                                                             29            7.23%

Q4 -

What retention tools does your company use to minimize turnover?

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

We pay higher wages                                                  130          11.22%

Our benefits are better than average                       172          14.84%

Flex Schedules                                                              131          11.30%

Additional time off                                                         53            4.57%

The ability of the employee to speak

their minds                                                                    161          13.89%

Recognition and appreciation                                     203          17.52%

Talent and skill utilization                                           182          15.70%

Educational reimbursement                                        85            7.33%

Other                                                                              42            3.62%

 

Q5 - In 2014, my company is projecting:

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

Significant growth                                                        60          15.00%

Moderate growth                                                         255          63.75%

No Growth                                                                    48          12.00%

Moderate decline                                                          4            1.00%

Significant decline                                                         4            1.00%

Not sure                                                                        29            7.25%

 

Q6 - How many people will your company be hiring this year (2014)?

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

1 - 5                                                                             166          41.81%

6 - 10                                                                             55          13.85%

11 - 20                                                                           39            9.82%

21 - 50                                                                           42          10.58%

51 - 100                                                                         18            4.53%

101 - 200                                                                       19            4.79%

201+                                                                               23            5.79%

Likely not hiring                                                            35            8.82%

 

Q7 - When do you expect your company to hire? (Select all that apply)

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

1st Quarter 2014 (Jan - March)                                  208          26.84%

2nd Quarter 2014 (April - June)                                 237          30.58%

3rd Quarter 2014 (July - Sept)                                   171          22.06%

4th Quarter 2014 (Oct - Dec)                                      109          14.06%

N/A                                                                                   50            6.45%

 

Q8 -

What type of people will your company be

hiring this year?

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

Avionics                                                                               148          10.77%

Maintenance                                                                       259          18.85%

Sheet metal/Structures/Composites/Fabricators        91            6.62%

Interiors/Cabinetry/Upholstery                                     48            3.49%

Paint                                                                                     41            2.98%

Quality Assurance                                                             92            6.70%

Engineering                                                                        73            5.31%

Pilots                                                                                  150          10.92%

Flight Attendants                                                              12            0.87%

Dispatch                                                                             48            3.49%

Line Service                                                                      56            4.08%

Sales/Marketing/Business Development                     73            5.31%

Social Media Manager                                                     10            0.73%

Customer Service                                                             69            5.02%

Administration including

Human Resources/Recruiting                                        75            5.46%

Management                                                                     76            5.53%

N/A                                                                                    24            1.75%

Other                                                                                 29            2.11%

 

Q9 - What type of aircraft does your company primarily support?

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

Helicopter                                                                      166          24.23%

General aviation: single and light twin

engine aircraft                                                               161          23.50%

Corporate aircraft: Lear, Citation, Hawker,

Gulfstream, etc.                                                           152          22.19%

Commercial/Transport Category: wide body

aircraft, transport, etc.                                               102          14.89%

Military: F-16, C130, V-22, etc.                                 53            7.74%

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS / UAV)                13            1.90%

N/A                                                                                 14            2.04%

Other                                                                              24            3.50%

 

Q10 - Which best describes the service your company provides?

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

Airport/FBO                                                                 83          14.74%

Maintenance Repair and Overhaul                           126          22.38%

OEM                                                                               26            4.62%

Aircraft Operator                                                         127          22.56%

Association                                                                     2            0.36%

Support Service such as insurance,

software, data, etc                                                          12            2.13%

School or Training Center                                             45            7.99%

Staffing/Recruiting                                                        30            5.33%

Sales/Distribution/Lease                                                36            6.39%

Other                                                                             76          13.50%

 

Q11 - What is the biggest challenge you have finding qualified aviation talent?

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

No problem                                                                   60            9.27%

Our location                                                                115          17.77%

Finding effective resources                                       43            6.65%

Lack of experience                                                     184          28.44%

Candidate pay expectations are too high                124          19.17%

Our company pay is below standard                        28            4.33%

Lack of feedback from hiring managers                   13            2.01%

No time to actually recruit                                          37            5.72%

Other                                                                              43           6.65 %

Q12 - What resources do you use to find aviation specific talent?

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

Non aviation websites

(monster, careerbuilder, indeed, etc.)                         161          11.58%

Aviation specific websites

(jsfirm, pilotjobs, avianation, etc.)                               314          22.59%

Professional Networking websites

(linkedin)                                                                        128            9.21%

Social Media websites

(facebook, twitter, etc.)                                                 77            5.54%

Aviation contract labor companies                              66            4.75%

Aviation direct hire recruiting companies                  58            4.17%

Aviation job fairs                                                            64            4.60%

Local newspapers                                                          71            5.11%

Industry magazines                                                       31            2.23%

Aviation schools                                                             109            7.84%

Paid referrals from internal employees                      59            4.24%

Word of mouth                                                              220          15.83%

Other                                                                               32            2.30%

 

Q13 - What is your attrition rate? (percentage of turnover for direct hire personnel only)

Answers                                                           Responses          Percent

N/A we are a staffing agency                                        24            6.17%

Less than 5%                                                               187          48.07%

6- 10%                                                                          81          20.82%

11 - 15%                                                                       31            7.97%

16 - 20%                                                                       26            6.68%

21 - 25%                                                                       14            3.60%

26 - 30%                                                                         5            1.29%

31 - 35%                                                                         6            1.54%

36 - 40%                                                                         7            1.80%

Greater than 40%                                                         8            2.06%

About JSfirm.com

JSfirm.com is the fastest growing aviation job distribution network with resume database access. Founded in 1999, it has been providing service to the aviation industry for more than 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.comor call one of its two locations at 724-547-6203 or 817-560-0300.