Munich Airport continues to crank out jobs: The new 2015 Munich Airport Employment Survey, which has just been released, shows that the number of employees at the airport increased by 2,470 since the last survey to 34,720 at the end of 2012. Statistically, that means that 2.25 new jobs are created at Munich Airport every day.
Munich Airport collects employment data for the entire airport every three years, summing up key figures on employment trends. The latest study, which is now available, takes Thursday, December 31, 2015 as the reporting date, and is based on data provided by 550 companies and public-sector employers operating at the airport. Since the first survey in 1994, which reported a total of 15,450 airport employees, the workforce has more than doubled.
The biggest employers at Munich Airport are the Lufthansa Group, with 11,100 employees, and FMG, which, with its subsidiaries, employs a total of 8,900 people. "With the continuing robust demand for personnel, Munich Airport is and will remain a powerful locomotive for the economy and employment," said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the CEO of Munich Airport at today's presentation of the new study at the Munich Press Club.
Outpacing this rapid growth in employment is the rate of increase in Training opportunities at the airport. Compared with 1994, the number of apprenticeships and similar positions at the airport has nearly tripled, from 230 to 660. These young people getting a start in their careers are being trained in 45 different occupations.
The various towns and districts of Bavaria are also benefiting from the boom in employment at the airport. The importance of the airport for the labor market in the surrounding region is especially noteworthy. One in four regular jobs with social insurance coverage in the districts of Freising and Erding is located at Munich Airport.
The largest group of airport employees with regard to place of residence are the 7,300 airport staff living in the district of Freising. This represents a 3.4 percent increase since the last survey in 2012. Munich ranks second, with 7,250 Airport employees (an increase of 6.6 percent), and about 5,600 employees live in the district of Erding (an increase of 9.2 percent). The city and district of Landshut, in Lower Bavaria, is home to 3,690 airport employees, or 14.7 percent more than three years ago. The airport has 4,600 employees who live elsewhere in Bavaria (+15.3 percent) and 3,880 live even further away (+12.3 percent).
The new study emphatically reaffirms not only the quantity of jobs at the airport, but also the quality of employment there. Almost 90 percent of all jobs at the airport are in regular employment relationships with social insurance coverage - significantly more than the Germany-wide average of 72 percent at present. The new study also shows that the average gross annual income of airport employees has increased by nearly 9 percent to more than 46,700 euros since the last survey, and is thus about 12,600 euros higher than the average annual gross earnings in the entire services sector in 2015 according to the German Federal Statistics Office. Gross salaries paid at Munich Airport in 2015 amounted to well over 1.6 billion euros in total. This adds up to an estimated 263 million euros in income taxes for the state and 257 million euros for social insurance - not including the employers' contributions to social insurance, which also amount to 263 million euros.