Auckland International Airport: Hired! Over 500 people employed thanks to Auckland Airport job fair, but major staff shortages persist

With thousands of vacancies across the airport system, travelers could experience longer wait times when flying this summer, despite the success of the mid-year job fair.

While the Auckland Airport job fair gave a welcome boost to the recruitment campaign of major airport employers, who filled more than 500 positions or 17% of available jobs at the time from the one-day event, there are currently still around 1,600 vacancies across the airport grounds.

“We are pleased with how the Job Fair went in July and the conversion rate that was achieved, but organizations across the airport system continue to struggle to fill thousands of vacancies, up to about 1,600 positions right now,” Auckland said. Airport general manager Carrie Hurihanganui.

Available jobs range from cabin crew, airline check-in, baggage handling, security, airport operations and emergency services to skilled trades, infrastructure development roles , mandated government officials, retail assistants, hotel staff, chefs, baristas, cleaners and waste management professionals .

“These are all crucial roles that contribute to the smooth functioning of the airport ecosystem. Travel has rebounded strongly after the reopening of borders and these companies are in need of staff, from entry-level to management positions,” said Ms Hurihanganui. .

As the peak Christmas travel season approaches, Ms Hurihanganui urges travelers to plan ahead and get to the airport early as there may be queues and additional delays at departure , as well as on arrival in New Zealand.

“Everyone at Auckland Airport is incredibly excited to see travel return and to help get people where they want to be this holiday. If you are traveling this Christmas we ask that you please be patient as unfortunately , there might be longer wait times,” she said.

Many airport companies once relied on seasonal workers to bolster their teams during the summer peak, and immigration had an important role to play in easing staffing pressures, Ms Hurihanganui said.

“Labour shortages are a constant story across many industries and the airport system is not alone in feeling the effects of labor shortages and the impact it has on its customers. .”

Strong interest in Auckland Airport job fair

Hosted by Auckland Airport, the July 30 job fair gave over 4,000 job seekers the opportunity to connect with 30 major airport employers who offered around 3,000 jobs at the time.

“The aim was to make it as easy as possible for job seekers to see the wide variety of positions available at airports and to speak directly to recruitment teams. For employers, this made it possible to speak to a wide range of job seekers at once. and receive applications on the spot. We will continue to work with our airport partners, in particular by considering the possibility of a second job fair in 2023.”

In the meantime, recruitment continues for high-skilled trades, specialists and graduates throughout the airport. The airport company currently has 67 vacancies, including dozens in operations and infrastructure.

“Auckland Airport is starting to buzz again and it’s a lively and vibrant place to work with literally hundreds of exciting job opportunities,” Ms Hurihanganui said.

“If you are someone who enjoys travel and the wider aviation industry, now is the perfect time to join the wide range of teams operating at Auckland Airport.”

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