Qld job boom at Brisbane Airport

Thousands of jobs are up for grabs at Brisbane Airport as the tourism giant launches one of the largest recruiting campaigns ever in Queensland.

About 2,000 positions are offered at the transportation hub, ranging from aircraft engineers to bus drivers and landscape gardeners, as the travel industry struggles to keep up with the frenetic demand to get out of the pandemic.

The travel rush has proved a mixed boon to tourism and hospitality across Queensland, with operators not seeing more visitors in three years, but recruiting staff has been a challenge for the industry in general.

It is estimated that 5000 jobs in Queensland’s tourism and hospitality industry remain unfilled.

Brisbane Airport, which already employs some 24,000 people in aviation, hotels, retail and operations, will host a BNE Careers Expo next month seeking out a new generation of talent as the district watches the 2032 Olympics and beyond.

The airport is expected to have 60,000 jobs by 2050.

Bosses of the district’s more than 400 employers are taking extraordinary measures to fill job openings, with retired police officers being targeted by security posts, while others are exploring job-sharing proposals, where workers could work a four-hour shift as cleaners on the job. the airport before moving on to another. from the airport hotels for the rest of the day.

Airport boss Gert-Jan de Graaff said the sector is unlike any other.

“We need to make people think about this place as not just a gateway to a vacation, but a destination for a fulfilling career,” he said.

“This is one of the premier job centers in Queensland.

“There’s a buzz here that you won’t find anywhere else, no matter what industry you work in.

“This is a place that never closes, serving the needs of Queensland – and you get a free air show every day.”

The clash between demand and jobs is high in the airport’s hotel district, where there are no vacancy signs at properties that may only be 50 or 60 percent full.

Brisbane Airport Hotels Group chief operating officer Alex Penklis said a staff shortage of about 50 positions at the Novotel, Ibis and Pullman hotels had an impact.

“The question is there, it’s unbelievable,” he said.

“We would have more than 90 percent every night if we could, but in some cases we limit our capacity to 50 or 65 percent and offer limited services for things like food and beverage and room service because we need more night cooks, up to and including with the contractors who do the linen and towels.

“It’s a global problem.”

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Executive General Manager of Human Resources Jane Dionysius said the industry offered an incredibly diverse range of jobs that could become a career for life.

“Aviation is back and it’s an incredibly exciting time to be a part of it,” she said.

“Once you work in aviation, it’s in your blood.”

She said job seekers need not fear the fallout from the pandemic, which made the airport look like a ghost town during the dark days of border closures.

“During Covid we were still Australia’s busiest airport,” she said.

“And many companies kept their staff even when there was no work for them, because they knew it would be difficult to find new people when things went back to normal.

“We are now experiencing pre-Covid numbers at the domestic terminal and demand has exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

The expo will take place on September 10. More information can be found here.

Originally published as Thousands of Jobs Up for Grabs as Brisbane Airport Launches Recruitment Blitz

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