For all of the discuss we hear in the US and Europe of airline business labor shortages, right here’s a distinction to that…
Qatar Airways’ wild job truthful in Mumbai
Qatar Airways is at present operating a worldwide recruitment drive, described by the airline as “the most important expertise acquisition within the historical past of the airline business.” Specifically, Qatar Airways is hiring a “important variety of new staff from India to assist its international operations,” for quite a lot of roles. These roles are with Qatar Airways, Qatar Obligation Free, Qatar Aviation Providers, and extra.
This comes not solely as we see an enormous enhance in demand for international journey, but in addition forward of Qatar internet hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. As a part of this plan, the airline has an open recruitment occasion on the Hilton Mumbai September 29-30, 2022.
So, how did that occasion go at the moment? Effectively, there was a lot curiosity that I feel the entire thing can simply be described as chaos. The traces had been so lengthy that you just’d assume folks had been lining up for the best Black Friday sale ever. Folks needed to be despatched away, and clearly that left lots of people annoyed, since folks traveled from distant to attend this occasion.
Beneath are some movies from exterior the Hilton Mumbai, which I feel provide you with sense of how this occasion went. I really feel dangerous for anybody who attended however then handled this, and likewise really feel dangerous for any lodge visitors who obtained caught up in all of this.
Finally this curiosity isn’t so shocking
Given the dynamics of how Gulf international locations work, a overwhelming majority of the labor market is imported from different international locations. This presents an enormous aggressive benefit relating to hiring:
- There aren’t labor shortages all over the place, and also you don’t need to cope with the problem of labor permits, as in different international locations
- For folks from many international locations, the pay in Gulf international locations is considerably higher than what they may make of their dwelling nation, to not point out it’s probably nice job expertise
Curiously Qatar Airways allegedly doesn’t also have a pilot scarcity, in contrast to the remainder of the business. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has mentioned that the Doha-based airline has had no subject hiring pilots — in mid-2022, he claimed that the airline acquired over 20,000 purposes for simply 700 spots, and that every one of these candidates had been certified and type-rated.
When US airways host recruitment occasions these days, not all that many individuals present up, and so they seemingly can’t rent quick sufficient. In the meantime when Qatar Airways hires in Mumbai, they could as effectively shut down the streets. Whereas I’ve heard of some busy airline recruitment occasions, I’ve by no means seen one thing like this earlier than.
What do you make of this Qatar Airways recruitment drive?