Roughly 80 % of the current aerospace workforce is aged 40 - 65. Since over the next 20 years most of these specialists are expected to retire or switch to other industries, this demanding field faces a constantly growing deficiency in supply. Now most demanded people in the aviation sector are maintenance technicians and engineers. They account for 30 % of expected hiring, whereas pilots represent only 7.5 %. Igor GavrilenkoDWC, Dubai, 10-11 December 2014
It is forecasted that by 2016 aviation will have injected more than $ 1 trillion into the global economy and created (directly and indirectly) almost 70 million jobs worldwide. However, maintaining a safe aviation system requires a sufficient number of qualified aviation professionals to design, manufacture and maintenance, as well as ensure the airworthiness of more than 20 000 aircraft used in commercial aviation at the moment. Igor GavrilenkoDWC, Dubai, 10-11 December 2014
At the same time, figures released by the UK CAA show that despite the significantly expanding local fleet, the number of aircraft technicians and engineers in the country has actually halved during the past 30 years. Similar trends have been also witnessed in other major aviation countries. Igor GavrilenkoDWC, Dubai, 10-11 December 2014
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