Aerospace giant Airbus has announced plans to add 13,000 staff to its global workforce in 2023 as it ramps up production of commercial aircraft. The plane manufacturer, which has UK bases in Filton near Bristol and Broughton, North Wales, said around 7,000 jobs would be newly created roles within the company.
More than 9,000 jobs will be in Europe, with the rest based across the world. A third of the total recruitment will be allocated to recent graduates, Airbus said.
It is not yet clear how many of the positions will be based in the UK, but Airbus said there would be a focus on technical and manufacturing jobs. It also said it was looking to acquire "new skills" to support the company in areas such as new energies, cyber and digital.
“In 2022 we welcomed more than 13,000 new employees within Team Airbus around the world, in a complex environment which tested our resilience and attractiveness as a global employer." said Thierry Baril, chief human resources and workplace officer of Airbus.
"Following the success of our recruitment last year, we will hire over 13,000 employees again in 2023. We call on talented individuals from all over the world to join us in our journey to make sustainable aerospace a reality and to help us build a better, more diverse and inclusive workplace for all our employees.”
Airbus said the new recruits would support its decarbonisation plans and help the organisation in "preparing the future of aviation". The company currently employs more than 130,000 people across its businesses worldwide.
Earlier in January, Airbus announced it had delivered 661 commercial aircraft to 84 customers last year - an increase of 8% on 2021. The number meant the company retained its position as the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, despite delivering fewer planes than expected in 2022.
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