Monday, 22 August 2016

Report claims Gatwick expansion would create 28,000 jobs

CONSTRUCTION and operation of a second runway at #Gatwick Airport would lead to the creation of 28,000 additional jobs, according to a report by Arup.

The research examined the current range of jobs at Gatwick and assessed the types of jobs and skills needed for the airport to grow, both as part of its current investment plans and if the Government approves a second Gatwick runway.

The report claims that a second runway at would boost employment across the region and create opportunities for young people and skilled workers by directly supporting 28,000 additional jobs. It is also estimated that expansion would stimulate 120,000 jobs across Britain.

The report says that Gatwick already supports at least 21,000 jobs directly and a further 10,000 jobs indirectly, and also that the airport acts as a catalyst boosting wages across the local economy.

Almost half (48%) of staff are currently employed by airlines or their handling agents, with the largest single proportion working as air cabin crew (21%). Most Gatwick employees currently work full time.

Gatwick Airport Limited has announced a new partnership with three leading universities to establish an engineering graduate programme. The partnership with the University of Brighton, University College London, and Imperial College London will see three engineering graduates join Gatwick’s engineering team each year. This complements Gatwick’s engineering apprenticeship programme, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.

Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: ‘Gatwick’s second runway will not only connect the UK to existing and emerging markets around the world, it will also provide thousands of jobs across the South-East and deliver a once-in-a-generation opportunity for young people to directly benefit from expansion. This is an example of how Gatwick expansion is a nationally-significant project and can provide a positive boost to the local area, to the region, and to the UK as a whole.

‘Gatwick can deliver a new runway faster and have a spade in the ground before 2020 which means, after decades of delay, Britain can finally benefit from airport expansion.’

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