JSfirm’s Aviation Hiring Trends Survey for 2021 found that half of the respondents are projecting growth this year and two-thirds did not cut jobs despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey was distributed to hiring professionals, executives, and business owners at 200 aviation companies across various industry sectors.
Of those responding, 50.84 percent said they anticipated moderate growth in 2021 and 32.93 percent said they expect to hire in the second quarter. Demand was greatest for pilots and maintenance, and avionics technicians, JSfirm said.
Looking at 2020, 34.95 percent of the respondents said they hired between one and five individuals, while another 17.74 percent hired between six and 10 people. Meanwhile, 38.04 percent said the government assistance helped keep their company in business and 46.99 percent said their business is now at pre-Covid levels.
“The results of our recent survey are encouraging for the industry,” said JSfirm managing partner Sam Scanlon. “It’s interesting to see how many companies were not affected too much by the pandemic. Airlines make the headlines, but the fact is, the small to medium-size companies that make up the majority of our infrastructure made it through the past year and are now gearing up for growth.”
Scanlon added that traffic on JSfirm's job board website continues to increase from both job seekers and hiring companies.