Airbus will recruit another 13.000 new employees this year to fulfill its requirements for all of the three main business segments, Commercial Aircraft, Defense and Space, and Helicopters. The airframer already hired 13.000 people in 2022, but the new campaign will take its workforce beyond its highest pre-pandemic level. New recruitment campaign takes Airbus’ jobs to an all-time high.

Of the 13.000 jobs needed globally, 7.000 will be new positions. Most jobs will be needed in Europe: 9.000. One-third of the jobs are allocated for recent graduates. Airbus is currently recruiting for positions for the ramp-up of the A321neo production, customer services, engineering manufacturing & quality, digital technologies, and engineers for the airframer’s sustainable aviation programs like ZEROe. The emphasis will be on technical and manufacturing profiles.

Thierry Baril, Chief Human Resources & Workplace Officer, says in a media statement: “In 2022, we welcomed more than 13.000 new employees within Team Airbus around the world, in a complex environment which tested our resilience and attractiveness as a global employer. Following the success of our recruitment last year, we will hire over 13.000 employees again in 2023. We call on talented individuals from all over the world to join us in our journey to make sustainable aerospace a reality and to help us build a better, more diverse and inclusive workplace for all our employees.”

According to Airbus’ Q3 earnings release, the company employed 131.615 people on September 30, up from 126.145 on December 31, 2021. Just before the Covid-crisis started, Airbus employed 136.518 people at the end of March 2020. Following an evaluation of the effects of the crisis on its production, Airbus announced in July 2020 that it intended to reduce its workforce by 15.000 and took a restructuring provision of €1.2 to €1.6 billion. By December 2020, the workforce had been reduced to 131.349 and to 127.814 by March 2021.

The workforce reached 125.888 by the end of September 2021 but has grown step by step since then. It was back to 128.873 by the end of June 2022 and 131.615 by the end of September 2022 as Airbus was gradually ramping up commercial aircraft production at its facilities in Germany, France, Canada, the US, and China.

So between March 2020 and September 2021, Airbus shed 10.630 jobs, but they have all been filled again with the recruitment campaign of 2022. In December 2014, the company employed 138.622. With the latest campaign, Airbus would eventually grow to around 144.000 people, the highest number in its history. In 2021, Boeing employed some 142.000 people.

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Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016.
In 2022, he has gone full-time freelance. Richard has been contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He is also writing for Airliner World and Aviation News. From January 2023, he will add a part-time role with Dutch website and magazine Luchtvaartnieuws. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.

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