An air traffic control company says it can’t fill jobs which don’t require a qualification, offer four-day working weeks and start at $95,000 a year.
Candidates only need to be at least 20-and-a-half years old and to have passed final high school exams to be eligible for the role, which could eventually reap nearly $200,000 a year.
‘A lot of different people will have the capabilities, we just don’t see enough of them.’
The lack of applicants has forced some airports to ask staff to work on scheduled days off, sparking flight delays and the fatigue of controllers, the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association said.
Once applicants are found to meet the basic criteria, they need to pass an aptitude test.
If successful, they will undertake an air traffic control training course before 12 months of on-the-job training.
A similar process is followed by Airservices Australia, which will soon be hiring its next crop of air traffic controllers.
Like in New Zealand, there is no degree or experience required to apply.
The government-owned corporation also starts the recruitment process with an online test – but there’s a catch.
You can’t study for the exam and less than three in one hundred people manage to pass.
Applicants are shown a logical sequence of five symbols and are tasked with deciding which symbol completes the sequence.
‘People who perform well on these tests tend to have a greater capacity to think conceptually as well as analytically,’ the website reads.
Data released by the Australian Taxation Office showed air traffic controllers are among Australia’s top earners, with $141,795 average yearly salaries.
But Charles Robinson, services training manager for Airservices Australia, previously warned the job isn’t for everyone.
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