Airbus is looking to recruit around 6,000 new personnel across the aerospace group to support its strategic direction during the recovery.
The company had slashed its workforce as the pandemic disrupted its aircraft production but it is preparing to accelerate output over the next 18 months.
Airbus is also implementing plans to address demand for sustainable aviation, working on decarbonisation projects including new propulsion concepts and the evolution of its aircraft portfolio.
“This can only be achieved by acquiring the right talents in the various domains of expertise that will help us grow our activities as we come out of the crisis,” says Airbus chief human resources officer Thierry Baril.
One-third of the total recruitment will be allocated to young graduates.
Baril says the company is looking to acquiring the “new skills” it needs to operate in the post-pandemic environment, while expanding the diversity of its workforce.
Some 25% of the planned hiring will concentrate on introducing these skills to support Airbus’s long-term ambitions for decarbonisation as well as cybertechnology and digital transformation.
Airbus has “demonstrated resilience” during the crisis, says Baril, and the initial recruitment wave will be global and cover all the company’s businesses.
He adds that the number of hires will be examined before the middle of this year and the company will adjust its requirements as necessary.