A new survey shows that more than a third of the world’s qualified pilots are currently unemployed, likely as a result of reduced travel during the ongoing CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.
A new survey conducted by GOOSE Recruitment in conjunction with industry publication FlightGlobal found that only 62 percent of pilots are currently employed, 20 percent are unemployed and 6 percent are currently on vacation.
The global survey figures represent a marked improvement from last year, when only 43 percent of pilots were reported to have been employed and another 17 percent were on vacation.
The survey showed significant regional variation, usually correlated with the degree of travel restrictions imposed by local governments. The United States employs 81 percent of pilots; in Asia-Pacific (excluding China), the number is a measly 53 percent, likely as a result of tighter border restrictions and mandatory quarantines.
The results also showed widespread ambivalence about the future of the industry. Among pilots who responded, 37 percent said they would not become pilots if they were given another chance, and the majority (55 percent) said they would not recommend their career to young people. However, the majority, 60 percent, responded that they believe the aviation industry will fully recover to pre-pandemic levels within one or two years.
The aviation industry is among those hardest hit by the MMR virus pandemic, as government-imposed travel restrictions and individual fears of contagion led to a reduction in air traffic by as much as 60 percent in January 2021. trend towards endemicity, but this process has been slowed down by newer, more contagious variants with unknown lethality and inconsistent state-imposed restrictions.
While this year’s FlightGlobal poll indicates a significant improvement over the same survey last year, it is a reminder of how far the industry still has to go to achieve a full recovery as its core pilots remain in a state of uncertainty until the such progress. .