in Roissy and Orly, “huge” difficulties in recruiting the 4,000 missing positions

in Roissy and Orly, "huge" difficulties in recruiting the 4,000 missing positions

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More than recovery, it is overheating at Paris airports. While Groupe ADP revealed last Wednesday the increase in turnover by … 78.9% in the first quarter of 2022, to 848 million euros, recruitment is difficult to keep up, this is almost derogatory. Indeed, the Orly and Roissy-Charles-de Gaulle airport platforms face“huge” recruitment difficulties, according to Groupe ADP CEO Augustin de Romanet, who spoke the day after the shocking results were published in BFM Business.

And if ADP operates at least 29 airports around the world, it’s on its two Parisian platforms that things are heating up: traffic there has actually increased by 211.8% in the first three months of the year, to 14.6 million passengers.

“What concerns us is the good experience of the passenger and especially in the control inspection stations (safety check, author’s note). “Even today, companies find it very difficult to hire staff,” said de Romanet.

He said he had identified 4,000 vacancies at Orly and Charles-de-Gaulle airports. Positions coming in addition to the 600 recruitments that have already started at ADP ” including 400 in Charles-de-Gaulle ‘.

The boss of the airport group listed the areas where there was a shortage of staff and specifically:

“We are looking for maintenance technicians, engineers,” he explained.

But there are also some vacancies that need to be filled security professions as well as in storesThe tax freeThe restoration or even the bar.

“Many hundreds of jobs today can not find employees”worried.

The 1,150 departures in 2020, when the pandemic hit the aviation industry hard

What a contrast to the period 2020-2021, when the group made clear cuts in its workforce. We must remind you that in 2020, air transport was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic that hit the world (at the end of October 2020, traffic at Paris airports plunged … 75%). And the prospects were gloomy, with the group expecting a drop in traffic by 45 to 55% compared to 2019 …

In fact, in view of the situation, a conventional collective termination agreement was concluded with 1,150 departures and a “job security plan” that had seen about 160 employees leave the group.

ADP: agreement with the unions for a departure plan of 1,150 volunteers

Asked about this episode, Augustin de Romanet did not regret it, especially since the agreement was signed unanimously by the administration with the unions, while he reminded that the “March 2020, we might be wondering if we could pay salaries for December, because we no longer had one euro in turnover.” On Thursday, the ADP boss chose to focus on the current situation:

“We are very careful to recruit people who will be needed to manage the flows that will return very, very quickly,” he insisted.

Hiring before summer is not easy when “qualified people have a choice”

From the union side, and especially in the CGT, there is concern about the lack of human resources this summer, when the resumption of traffic promises to be strong.

“We did not anticipate the dynamic economic recovery with many job offers, where skilled people have the choice,” which complicates recruitment, said CGT Secretary General Daniel Bertone.