UK proposes speeding up aviation industry recruitment

The UK is proposing measures to help accelerate the recruitment of airlines and airports in an effort to alleviate staff shortages that have led to hundreds of canceled flights and large queues.

Aviation Minister Robert Cortes wrote to aviation industry executives saying the government would seek, by the end of April, to abolish the requirement that companies must complete background checks on the past employment of new employees before starting training courses.

The move comes as the sector struggles to deal with Britons seeking to go abroad after the Corona restrictions were lifted, as companies cut back on labor when travel was halted at the start of the Cubid-19 epidemic.

UK airlines have canceled some 1,000 flights a week Recently due to a shortage of staff caused by a combination of Covid-19 infections and longer-than-expected times, completion of background checks and identities of new entrants, and obtaining security clearance for them. Passengers using airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester have experienced lengthy delays.

“We will all be concerned about the situations experienced by some of the passengers over the past two weeks,” the court said in a letter to industry executives on April 8.

“The Department of Transportation has worked hard to identify solutions that will help alleviate the current difficulties you face in a competitive job market.” The courts’ letter was first reported by the Sunday Telegraph.

Because the UK has kept EU laws on post-Brexit background checks, ministers are now proposing legislation known as a statutory instrument to release the requirements.

The courts said in his letter: e [statutory instrument] Provides the possibility for greater flexibility in the need to undergo identity and background checks in industrial management before beginning training. . .

“I want to emphasize that although we are well aware of the need to put more staff into your operations, we must balance this against the risk of internal threat and other security factors. This will always be our main focus.” He stressed that the statutory instrument must be approved by Parliament.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps insisted last week that he was “very concerned” about the return of airlines and airports to full forces quickly after firing tens of thousands of workers during the epidemic.

“We have been warning them for a long time that they will have to prepare again,” he saidIn what some industry executives have interpreted as criticism of the sector.

While new employees will be able to take training courses without the background checks being completed as part of the changes proposed by the courts, they will still need full security clearance before starting work.

Background checks differ from a security check and both are part of a broader series of verifications that the flight crew has to go through, which usually last up to 15 weeks.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of EasyJet, said there had recently been a three-week delay in the inspection and the low-cost company had fewer flight cancellations if some of the 100 employees awaiting approval had been processed earlier.

British Airways and the Association of Airport Operators declined to comment.

A government spokesman said: “Through our post-Brexit freedoms, we are exploring ways to help the industry speed up job reference testing.

“However, we will not allow people to work in the sector when they have not been subject to the appropriate inquiries.”

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