Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise and Small Business, Pat Breen has said he sees opportunities for Shannon in the growing aviation market. Minister Breen has welcomed the announcement by CAE Parc Aviation, the world’s largest recruiter of airline pilots, of up to 80 jobs in its Shannon and Dublin offices over the next three years.

Minister for Environment and Small Business Pat Breen

Minister for Enterprise and Small Business Pat Breen

Parc Aviation has operations in more than 30 countries and currently employs 100 people at its Dublin headquarters and offices in Shannon, Dallas, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh.

The new roles will be for recruitment consultants to service the pilot recruitment needs of global airlines and aviation engineers to work with the aircraft leasing industry to help manage their fleet of planes.

Welcoming the jobs, Minister Pat Breen, described it as a vote of confidence in the economy of Clare and the Mid West.

“I would like to congratulate CAE Parc Aviation on its success to date and its foresight in seeing the potential of Shannon Airport,” said Minister Breen. “As the global aviation industry continues to grow, Shannon Airport is well placed to take every advantage of the opportunities presented by such growth.

“I have been accompanied by representatives of the airport to meetings with aviation industry leaders from Canada and the Middle East, in a bid to highlight Shannon’s unique history and capabilities,” added Minister Breen.

It is estimated that over the next 20 years, the aviation industry will need to supply more than one million new personnel. In total, it is believed that civil aerospace expenditure will be worth $5.6 trillion by 2032 and the world’s airlines will need 38,000 new planes, and the crews to operate them, to cater for this demand.

According to Minister Breen, over the last year the majority of larger businesses based in Shannon have been adding to their staffing levels, particularly those companies in the aviation sector. He said the growing workforce in Clare and the Midwest in general is further evident in the most recent CSO figures.

“In Clare the Live Register has fallen by 10.2% since this time last year. Overall there has been a decrease of 41.2% since the launch of Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012. The national unemployment rate now stands at 6.2 %, down from a peak of 15.2% in 2012, as highlighted by my colleague, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor.”

Minister Breen commented, “The number of persons on the Live Register in April 2017 is the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since October 2008. We must ensure that this trend continues for the well-being of all our people.”