Published on May 13th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer0
Dublin Aerospace announce 50 jobs at Dublin Airport
Aircraft maintenance company Dublin Aerospace has announced 50 new jobs for its Dublin Airport facility. The company had originally planned a €40m investment in the UK but following the Brexit vote the company is instead hiring 50 full-time staff for its Dublin Airport operation.
Dublin Aerospace founder Conor McCarthy said that the company has now offered full-time contracts to 25 people, with an additional 25 full-time staff to be hired in October, bringing total full-time staff numbers at Dublin Aerospace to 290. According to Mr McCarthy, the company was on the cusp of giving the green light for a €40m investment and job creation in the UK before the results of the Brexit referendum were announced.
“Brexit has caused us to take stock,” McCarthy said. “One of our concerns if we were going to set up a facility in the UK would be … with our reliance on contract workers; would we be restricted in terms of their ability to come in and out of the UK to work?
“Our workforce swells in the winter and a lot of those are contract engineers and mechanics, for instance. We have marked seasonality, and we need that ability to be able to control our workforce. If you don’t have flexible labour in our business, you’re dead.” The company have not ruled out an investment in the UK in the future saying that the market is still of major importance, particularly following the closure of one of its biggest rivals, ATC Lasham, in 2015.
In 2015, profits at the firm doubled to a record €3m as revenue rose 13pc to €43.5m in the financial year – the highest ever at the firm. Mr McCarthy, a former Ryanair executive and AirAsia founder, established Dublin Aerospace in 2009 after SR Technics decided to close its operation at the airport.
Dublin Aerospace employs 400+ staff when its workforce swells for the peak winter period. Many of these jobs are contract roles for engineers, aircraft technicians and mechanics. The company has upwards of 100 aerospace trainees. Applications are currently open for Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter (MAMF) Apprentices. Click here for application details.
According to figures published in the IAA’s 2016 annual report the aviation sector is estimated to be worth up to €4bn to the Irish economy and employs 40,000 people.