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Is there an Imminent Problem in Aerospace Aftermarket?

Posted by: Mark Jones 11 Jul 16 - 12:35PM  | Aerospace

aerospace recruitment skills gap shorteningAirline operator and MRO industries have gone through a period of rapid change as airlines and aircraft operators seeking cost and service improvements have shifted from in-house to outsourced maintenance.

With an estimated 20,000 commercial aircraft in service around the world – significantly more if you consider private and military craft – it’s no surprise that the need for both timely and sophisticated maintenance is at an all-time high.

Airlines are focused on the need to cut costs and are looking to further outsource maintenance repair and overhaul activities (MRO) which is forcing aftermarket service providers to find new ways of managing the demand.  This increase in volume is promising huge business opportunities for the most innovative and flexible of MRO organisations and suppliers.

With the growing investment in new digital technologies on aircraft, the requirement to support their operation and compliance with the industry specifications and standards means that we are seeing a corresponding shift in the need for diverse skill sets required to maintain and repair such items.

The skills gap within the MRO sector remains a hot topic and Airline Technical Training Centres are emerging to offer a wide variety of technical and digital courses, attracting investment from specialist MRO businesses who recognise that investment in their existing staff can put them in pole position for new business wins and company growth.  Training alone however will not bridge the gap in the number of skilled workers required to meet the industry demand and so many organisations are looking to recruit similar skills from other sectors to support their delivery.

For the first time in its long history, the Farnborough International Air Show (FIA) in 2016 is actively focusing on the MRO sector, seeking to gain further participation and trade visitor presence from this part of the industry.   This year’s show will provide a spotlight on the opportunities and challenges that the unprecedented demand is creating and hopes ultimately to boost the overall engagement with these during the show for all its participants.

FIA’s reputation speaks for itself.  It attracts the most diverse range of exhibitors from core sectors of the aerospace industry: Space, Civil, Military, Manufacturing Technology, Rotary and now MRO. With over 1500 exhibitors from all over the world, it is a highly effective and efficient way to meet with potential customers and suppliers. It is also a fantastic showcase for UK Business on a global stage.

Jonathan Lee Recruitment’s Aerospace, Defence and Aviation Team of specialist consultants, many of whom are from engineering roles in industry, will be exhibiting at the FIA 2016 and are perfectly positioned to support this sector and supply the needs of these industries. As well as meeting clients and candidates, the team will be looking to talk to new clients from the aviation sector, demonstrating our commitment to providing the right skills and solutions to drive the UK aviation sector forward.

We hope you will visit the team on Stand B90 (Hall1) to talk about how we can support your sourcing and recruitment needs and why not enter our competition to win a commercial flight simulation experience while you’re there? 

For more information please contact:

Matthew Heath

Telephone: +44(0)1384 446187      


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