Airbus plans to take on extra 13,000 staff over next year

Airbus Factory, Filton

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is planning to recruit an extra 13,000 employees over the next 12 months.

The manufacturer, which is one of Bristol’s employers, made the announcement following a successful week at the Paris Air Show which saw the company land a record number of orders.

The company is calling on aerospace enthusiasts to join a growing sector as it looks to recruit more than 13,000 people across the globe in 2023.

To date, more than 7,000 of those positions have been filled despite a challenging labour market.

Plans are already well underway to fill the remaining positions with new hires being instrumental in supporting Airbus’ production ramp-up and decarbonisation ambitions.

“We are happy to see that Airbus remains attractive despite the labour market challenges. Our recruitment efforts are paying-off and will continue to support our production ramp-up and company transformation,” said Thierry Baril, chief human resources and workplace officer at Airbus.

“We are focused on attracting, training and developing the best diverse talents in our company to help us shape the future of sustainable aerospace.”

The company is offering thousands of job opportunities in manufacturing, engineering and activities supporting Airbus’ long term objectives like cybersecurity, software engineering and new propulsion technologies.

A third of the total recruitment will be allocated to recent graduates. With this ambition, Airbus has just signed an extension of its partnership with Georgia Institute of Technology for another five years, in the frame of the Airbus Academic Program (with selected Top 15 Universities and Schools worldwide).

In 2023, on top of this strategic program, Airbus expanded its academic partnerships with 42 business schools and universities worldwide, through agreements with CEMS¹ and UNITECH² . These partnerships will foster potential synergies in the aeronautical sector that will help develop the next generation of aerospace professionals.

Airbus currently employs more than 134,000 people across its businesses worldwide. In 2023, Airbus was awarded Top Employers certification in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific by the Top Employers Institute, a global independent authority on recognising excellence in people management and HR policies.