According to NBAA, IRS officials recently indicated the agency plans to intensify audits of companies for improperly classifying employees as independent contractors, which could include contract pilots frequently used by corporate flight departments. The independent contractor issue is so concerning and complicated that NBAA issued a Best Practices for Utilizing Independent Contractors guide for business aircraft operators in 2011.
Aviall has earned recognition as a 2014 Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. This marks the second consecutive year Aviall has earned this recognition. Companies competed for the title in a survey of more than 5,000 employers. The resulting survey data was independently tested by Ernst & Young based on methodology established by Victory Media.
Social marketing and job search giant LinkedIn is now a part of aviation job distribution network specialist Jsfirm.com’s arsenal for helping aviation companies and aviation job seekers hook up.
For flight department managers, the work necessary to locate the best qualified temporary pilots, flight attendants or maintenance technicians has become easier over the past decade, thanks in part to the communications technology of the Internet. However, for the handful of staffing companies that actually serve as the go-between for employers and employees, the job has become considerably tougher as those companies assume much more of the risk than before.
NBAA’s No Plane-No Gain information campaign was created several years ago to combat the image of business aircraft portrayed in mainstream media as the private conveyances for top-level company executives heading to a teetime.
Since business aviation operators are increasingly turning to independent contractors to contain costs and do more while conserving resources, NBAA has published a guide aimed at helping flight operators to properly classify these workers as either employees or independent contractors. “If a worker is classified incorrectly, there are significant tax, liability and legal risks for the employer,” NBAA said.
Why would multinational corporations with extensive resources outsource their recruiting effort? Grayson Barrows, director of sales for the Aviation Search Group explained that, for his customers, it is simply cost-effective. “We are specialists,” he said during an interview with AIN at Heli-Expo 2012.
Colleyville, Texas-based staffing agency Strom Aviation is now offering placement of employment candidates in permanent positions, through its new Strom Direct Aviation Staffing division. The new division will focus on executive search, crew placement and direct placement for the corporate aviation and helicopter segments. Strom Direct will also offer payroll and insurance services for crew and operations personnel.
Hiring in the aviation industry is poised for an uptick in 2011, according to the annual Aviation Hiring Trends Survey just released by JSfirm (Booth 2543), an online aviation employment agency.
The job market “is better than people may think,” said Sam Scanlon, managing partner of the Dallas-based company. “The report indicates exactly what we are seeing on our site. There are more jobs being posted every day.”
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) is looking for a new chief executive to replace Guy Lachlan, who will be leaving the organization to pursue an opportunity outside aviation. The recruitment process began last month and shortlisted candidates will be called for interview beginning late this month until a suitable applicant is found.
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