Friday 23 February 2018

DAA hiring drive to fill 500 posts at T2 by November launch

John Mulligan

THE Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) will today begin a recruitment drive for 500 jobs at its new Terminal 2 building due to open in November.

The new positions will be in areas such as passenger processing, customer service, security and cleaning, while a further 400 full-time positions are expected to be created at the terminal's retail operations.

Addressing the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport yesterday, DAA chief executive Declan Collier confirmed that large-scale testing of the facility had already begun.

The opening of the €600m terminal comes at a time when Dublin Airport's passenger traffic has fallen significantly from the 23.8 million recorded in 2008.

Terminal 2 is designed to handle 15 million passengers a year. This year, overall passenger numbers at Dublin are likely to fall to 19m. The DAA has also axed about 300 full-time positions, and a further 100 contract positions have not been renewed.

The 500 new staff won't earn as much as their colleagues in Terminal 1, however. A small number of existing staff at Dublin Airport accepted lump sums of up to €32,500 to move to the new facility where they'll be on lower rates of pay than at present.

Average pay at Terminal 2 will be about 6pc lower than at Terminal 1, although some positions will pay significantly less.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) has stipulated, for example, that a security supervisor who can be paid as much as €57,400 in Terminal 1 can only be paid up to €37,800 in Terminal 2.

Different terms

"The terms and conditions of staff in Terminal 2 will be different from those of staff in Terminal 1. That has been agreed with staff and their representatives," Mr Collier told senators and TDs on the committee yesterday.

"It's all about meeting the benchmarks that the regulator set for the cost of operation of Terminal 2," he added.

"The regulatory system in this country has failed to generate the type of remuneration required to properly incentivise appropriate infrastructure at the right time," he said. "We keep having to chase our tails in order to fund the investment that this country requires."

The DAA recently argued that a 40pc increase in passenger fees granted by the CAR would not be enough.

Meanwhile Transport Minister Noel Dempsey last night rejected claims the Government is planning to sell off the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

Mr Dempsey denied he had held negotiations with the Department of Finance to draw up plans for such a sale, insisting such an important State asset should not be sold off.

He said there were strategic, national reasons why the Government should own infrastructure such as the DAA.

The comments come in the wake of reports which claimed the Department of Finance was considering a sell-off of a number of state assets to fund the Government's capital investment programme.

Irish Independent

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