Mid-east airlines to be blamed for talent crunch in India

Industry executives say that Middle East airlines are sucking up the talent pool out of India.

Dubai | Published:February 17, 2014 3:02 pm
Industry experts say Middle Eastern airlines are responsible for talent crunch in India. (Reuters) Industry experts say Middle Eastern airlines are responsible for talent crunch in India. (Reuters)

Airlines in the Middle East are sucking up the talent out of India leading to a dearth of qualified and competent people back home, a leading industry executive has said.

According to Ravi Menon, the executive director of Air Works, a Mumbai-based aircraft maintenance company, the biggest risk to the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) space or aviation space is a lack of qualified and competent people. Indian airlines currently opt to go abroad for much of the maintenance work on their planes. “In the last two months, we as an organisation saw 12 key personnel resign to move to Qatar,” Menon told The National.

Airlines in the Middle East are sucking up the talent out of India, he said. According to him, there are schools for training, but those schools are perhaps more theoretical in their approach than practical. “Anyone can open a school, but who is going to train the trainer? These are certain questions that we will be faced with. We’re going to need to have the right hand-holding from developed aviation markets to really participate in this entire training process,” he said.

Menon rated India’s tax and duties structures as one of the biggest challenges in the sector. “For India, although people talk about competitive labour pricing, labour arbitrage can’t be leveraged because it is offset by the high duty and tax structure.”

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    BALA
    Jun 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    First have them a decent ry for maintenance personnel and good training.people won't go..even a chai wala is getting more than a student who completed AME,a course which is neither diploma nor degree, Moreover company starts demanding money for 6 months ojt.i was paid 2500 by a contracting company.many strugg to get into field even after paying money for job they get cheated and many get demoralised and leaving the field so much hard earned money wasted of parents.After joining company no promotion no increment no allowance only work
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