Previous Article Next Article Staff working for any of the 300 companies based at Gatwick airport couldsoon have access to all benefits on offer from other businesses based on-site. The airport’s operator BAA, wants to create an employment hub to encouragestaff to move jobs between employers based at Gatwick, rather than leaving theairport altogether. Under the shared benefits scheme staff would be rewarded with items such asflights, meals and discounts from all of the companies, instead of just theirown individual employer. Cathy Wilcher, BAA HR director at Gatwick, said she wants to stop internalcompetition for staff and build a community of employers within the airport.”It needs to become an employment hub so people in the local communitywant to work here instead of travelling to London,” she said. BAA is also trying to centralise job advertising by all employers based atthe airport on to a single website to help build the community. The idea stems from workshops held at the cross-sector Employment Forum,which was set up to look at challenges facing the airport’s expanding labourmarket. The last forum, which included economic advisers from local businesses andrepresentatives from the council, met in July and agreed to reconvene inOctober to consider the proposals further. With £16bn earmarked for the expansion of Gatwick over the next 12 yearsWilcher is confident the shared benefits scheme will help build and retain the28,000-strong workforce. “We need to encourage employers to buy into this but it will require alot of work over the next two years,” she said. www.gatwork.co.uk Gatwick shares out onsite benefits to staffOn 10 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.