Global MRO Workforce and Skills Needed For Future
By Kathryn B. Creedy
- Global MRO employment down 3.5% to 385,000 employees working for more than 4,900 firms in the civil maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market at the start of 2021
- Increased government spending on education needed
- US competitiveness at risk
- Schools need modern avionics, engines to deliver workforce industry needs
- Numerous industry workforce development programs making a difference
By the Numbers
Globally, employment was at 385,000 employees working for more than 4,900 firms in the civil maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market at the start of 2021, down only 3.5% from the beginning of 2020, according to a recent Oliver Wyman study. In the US, there are more than 4,000 firms with nearly 185,000 employees in the civil MRO market, 5% fewer than at the start of 2020.
"While the impact of the crisis remains severe, recovery does now appear to be underway," said the company in a newer report. "Two-thirds of respondents expect MRO demand to recover to 2019 levels in 2022 or 2023, in line with Oliver Wyman’s forecast of fleet recovery to pre-pandemic levels in 2022 with MRO following closely. Notably, airline respondents generally expect a slightly earlier recovery than MRO respondents. Regionally, Western European survey respondents were more pessimistic than respondents in North America and other parts of the world on how long recovery will take."
On of the few projections for the technician workforce available is Boeing's Pilot and Technician outlook, which last year, predicted a need for 739,000 by 2039.
NAVEO Consultancy Managing Director Richard Brown worries about the people lost, especially those in who have experienced previous downturns.
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