Qantas to add 8500 staff by 2033

Qantas is looking to recruit a further 1600 pilots in the next decade.

Qantas has revealed it will add more than 8500 new aviation jobs including 4500 cabin crew and 1600 pilots as it looks towards a post-pandemic growth period.

The carrier posted a $1 billion half year profit last week and is now planning ahead as it looks to increase its staffing numbers to 32,000 by 2033.

“Aviation is so important to a country like Australia and you need a big skills pipeline to power it,” said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

“It’s a whole ecosystem that pilots and engineers, in particular, make their way through, and the long-term skills base required means it relies on constant renewal.

“Qantas is already the single biggest investor in aviation skills in Australia, especially when you consider the constant training of our pilots, engineers and cabin crew just to maintain the status quo.”

Qantas also plans to acquire up to 299 narrowbody and 12 widebody aircraft over the next 10 years.

“We have more aircraft arriving every month, and that means we need more pilots, engineers, cabin crew and others,” Joyce said.

“Over the next 18 months, we expect to create more than 2000 new jobs plus replacing natural attrition, so if you’ve ever wanted to work in aviation or at the national carrier, now’s a great time to join.”