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India – TeamLease data points to skills shortage in aviation industry (Economic Times)

03 April 2019

India’s aviation industry is set to have a skills shortage in 2019 as demand outstrips supply of talent, reports the Economic Times, citing data from Indian staffing firm TeamLease. The aviation sector is set to see a deficit of 500 pilots in 2019 against the 1,300 the airlines have on the roster now. There is a shortage of cabin crew as well - 1,350 short of the target 4,900. To handle duties on the ground, there are 9,200 staff, compared with the requirement of 15,800.  “All three job roles (pilots, cabin and ground crew) are among the projected high-demand jobs in the Indian aviation industry,” Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder of TeamLease, said. Paul Dupuis, managing director at Randstad India, also commented, “With most airlines in expansion mode and looking to add more than 100 aircraft through the end of 2020, we believe that the industry could add up to 18,000 jobs (direct and indirect) across levels and functions in the same time period.” Industry experts said because of the huge demand-supply mismatch, the employment scenario in the aviation sector will continue to be positive, though the ongoing crisis may create a short-term blip in hiring sentiment.


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