More passengers, more jobs:
Airports drive jobs and growth for the whole region
The growth in jobs at the Berlin airports continues unabated. Aviation directly provides a total of 21,362 jobs in and around Germany’s capital city. This represents an increase of 1,978 jobs (+10.2 per cent) since the last workplace study two and a half years ago. The 2014 workplace study includes all the jobs at the airport company, its tenants’ businesses and concession operators which depend directly on Berlin’s air traffic. The figures include full-time employees, part-time workers and apprentices. The reporting date was 1 July 2014. The workplace study has been conducted regularly since 1993.
Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, had this to say about the results of the latest study: “Passenger numbers in Berlin have been growing faster than the national average for more than ten years. Every year, we create good jobs at our airports. Since the first study in 1993, the number of jobs has more than doubled. This year, we expect a new record of over 27 million passengers, so the growth in jobs will continue.”
Christian Amsinck, chief executive of the local business association Unternehmensverbände Berlin-Brandenburg (UVB), commented: “Developments around the airport in recent years confirm that BER is already an important driver of jobs and growth. For instance, the number of workers contributing towards social insurance in the municipality of Schönefeld is now higher than its population. Its tax receipts have trebled in the space of ten years. This means the airport is already a boon for the surrounding area, which stands to gain even more once operations commence fully. BER has unique growth potential and is a huge opportunity for the whole region – and for Brandenburg in particular. With this in mind, the three partners need to wake up to this opportunity, despite all the setbacks, and pave the way for BER to be completed successfully.”
Key study findings at a glance:
- 12,063 people work at Berlin Tegel Airport. It therefore provided 131 more jobs (+1.1 per cent) than in 2012. The number of jobs has risen by 66 per cent since 2006.
- The number of employees at Berlin Schönefeld increased by 907 (+12.9 per cent) and now stands at 7,937.
- 765 people currently work at the future Berlin Brandenburg Airport (excluding planning and construction).
- In addition to this, there are 597 off-airport jobs (e.g. call centres, authorities, other services) based away from the actual airport.
- The four biggest employers at the Berlin airports are the Lufthansa Group (3,071 staff), airberlin (2,796 staff), the WISAG Group including GlobeGround Berlin (2,087 staff) and the airport company (1,868 staff).
- The total number of places to work at the Berlin airports is 445 – up from 331 in 2012. This means there are now 114 more workplaces (+34.44 per cent). Following the overhaul, optimisation and expansion of the airports’ non-aviation business, there are more than 50 shops and food service outlets enriching the range of services at Tegel alone. In addition to this, there are various new providers in the categories of “other services” and “retail”.
- As in previous years, the airline, handling/MRO/representation, security service, airport operator and authority/agency sectors employed the most people, followed by other service providers, food service outlets/catering, travel agencies/tour operators, call centres and cleaning/maintenance companies.
FBB: an attractive employer
New jobs have been created at the airport company itself as well. On the data collection date, FBB employed 1,868 people, corresponding to a 26.8 per cent increase on the 2012 figure. FBB is pursuing a clear strategy with its HR policy, which consists of building up expertise within the company for the construction phase but also for the subsequent operation of BER. With this in mind, the company has been realigned in the last 18 months. Amongst other things, the management structures have been modernised, a new Equipment and Construction division has been established and additional staff have been recruited for Operations.
Training at the airports
To ensure the future need for skilled staff is met in the aviation industry and in aviation-related companies and sectors, there is a strong focus on providing vocational training. On the reporting date of 1 July 2014, a total of 290 apprentices worked at Berlin Airports. Of these, 194 were employed at Schönefeld and 73 at Tegel, with a further 19 apprentices working at Berlin Brandenburg Airport and 4 off-airport. 60 apprentices and sandwich-course students worked at the airport company alone on the reporting date. Many of the apprenticeships were for white-collar jobs or technical professions such as aviation administrative assistants, office administrative assistants, system administrators and mechatronics engineers. The company supports a sandwich course at the Berlin School of Economics and Law which allows students to combine business management with industry, property management or facility management, or to study business computing.