They laid off thousands of staff when the pandemic hit – but now airlines across America are struggling to rehire
After laying off thousands of workers during the health crisis, U.S. airlines are now scrambling to staff up as a rebound leaves them short of all kinds of workers. Matt Larotonda reports.
They laid off thousands of workers during the global health crisis.
And now, airlines in the U.S. are scrambling to hire them all back again.
Travel demand is rebounding and carriers suddenly facing a shortage of all kinds of staff, not just pilots.
That’s sparked a pay battle for workers.
American Airlines subsidiary Piedmont is trying to lure pilots in with an $180,000 bonus offer.
United is offering a $5,000 signing bonus for some ground staff.
Spirit, the low-cost carrier, has raised some wages by 30%, and is helping flights attendants pay back tuition fees.
Big names like United and Delta are also poaching workers from smaller operators, where wages are lower.
But the soaring wage costs are coming just as fuel prices are jumping as well, and with airport charges on the rise too.
That has left airline profits feeling the squeeze.
Critics say the firms only have themselves to blame.
U.S. airlines made savage job cuts last year, despite getting $54 billion in federal aid to help cover payroll costs.
The cuts have left them short of workers as demand snaps back.
Staff shortages are one factor behind the recent rash of flight cancellations.
They could also stop carriers from serving less profitable routes altogether.
United has already decided to drop eight routes in the Midwest and South as a result of pilot shortages.
World’s second-biggest fashion retailer blames Russia for 89% profit drop
The Swedish fashion giant H&M says profits have dropped 89 per cent
They blame cost inflation, slow consumer spending and one-off expenses related to its exit from Russia.
Pretax profit in the period, the Swedish group’s fiscal third quarter, fell to 689 million crowns ($60.9 million) from a year-earlier 6.09 billion.
The Russian exit accounted for half of the decrease in profits, according to the retailer.
H&M announced a cost cutting programme that it predicted would result in annual savings of around 2 billion crowns, with savings expected to become visible in the second half of 2023.
How Disney beat Netflix at its own game
When it comes to streaming, there’s a new sheriff in town.
Disney+ has quickly become a major force in the streaming wars, adding over 14 million new subscribers in its latest quarter. That’s a big jump from the 3 million it had just three months prior.
In comparison, Netflix lost nearly 1 million subscribers in the same period.
So what happened? How did Disney+ overtake Netflix so quickly?
There are a few factors at play.
For one, Disney+ has a lot of content that people want to watch. As well as its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the service has access to popular franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and The Simpsons. That’s a big draw for people who are looking for something to watch.
In addition, Disney+ is much cheaper than Netflix. A subscription to Disney+ costs $6.99 per month, while a Netflix subscription starts at $8.99 per month. For people who are trying to save money, Disney+ is the more appealing option. Though Disney and Netflix have signalled they’re going to push up their prices.
Disney+ has been aggressive in marketing itself as the superior streaming service. The company has run a number of ads that compare its service favorably to Netflix. This has helped convince people to switch to Disney+.
The Disney effect
The Walt Disney Company launched Disney+ on November 12, 2019. The streaming service is available in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.
As of the second quarter of 2020, Netflix had nearly 221 million subscribers across 190 countries.
What is the market share of Netflix? In the United States, Netflix has a market share of 37%. That means it is the most popular streaming service in the country.
When was Netflix founded? Netflix was founded on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California.
What type of company is Netflix? Netflix is a publicly-traded company. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol NFLX.
What is the headquarters of Netflix? The headquarters of Netflix is located in Los Gatos, California.
Disney is spending $1 billion per year on its streaming service.
What is the market share of Disney+? In the United States, Disney+ has a market share of 24%.
When was Disney+ launched? Disney+ was launched on November 12, 2019.
What type of company is Disney? Disney is a publicly-traded company. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DIS.
How much does Disney stock cost? As of August 2020, the price of one share of Disney stock is $115.76.
What is the headquarters of Disney? The headquarters of Disney is located in Burbank, California.
The world’s largest online retailer gives staff a pay rise
Workers at Amazon’s warehouse and transportation hubs are set to receive a pay rise
The world’s biggest online retailer says wages will increase to over 19 dollars, which is up from 18.
It’s part of a plan to help the company attract and retain workers in a very tight labor market.
Of course, the peak shopping season is also getting underway.
Amazon says the price increase will cost its company nearly one billion dollar in the next year alone.
The minimum for workers on an hourly wage will stay at 15 dollars.
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