Pratt & Whitney, a US-based aircraft engine maker, has reportedly announced plans to recruit more than 250 individuals for its Singapore facility by the end of the year, a move that indicates the steady bounce back of the aerospace and aviation industry.
According to reports, citing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the industry, the Raytheon Technologies' subsidiary had retrenched 400 employees at five of its six plants in Singapore in August of last year.
Before the pandemic, the company employed around 2,000 people, in Singapore.
Tim Cormier, vice-president of Asia-Pacific aftermarket operations, Pratt & Whitney, stated that the company has restarted hiring operations over the previous few months.
According to Cormier, a majority of the new employees would be hourly technicians as well as production associates. However, the VP added that they will be supplemented by salaried employees comprised of degree and diploma holders.
When asked if the new employees are filling in for individuals who were laid off or taking on any new roles, Cormier stated that the new hires are doing both.
The company has to conduct some volume-related hiring, which would allow it to bring back some of the personnel, or at the least, several of the same skill categories. But the firm's gaze is fixed on the future; wherein it would be transforming its business, calling for an employee pool with different skills.
As a result, the company is looking to hire skilled workers and data analysts with experience in technologies , such as automation.
The company's total employment numbers would still be lower than pre-pandemic, even after the onboarding of the new hires. But, the company will continue to increase its staff beyond this year to return to its prior employment levels.
Last year, for months, the Covid-19 outbreak had shut down borders and grounded airplanes on the tarmac, causing massive layoffs in the aviation and aerospace industries throughout the world.
Now, however, economic recovery is well under way across United States, Europe, and China, as several nations make significant progress towards vaccinating the local populations.