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Emirates Group plans to add an extra 11,000 staff to its global workforceGetty

Emirates Group plans to create 11,000 new jobs over the next year as it prepares for delivery of a fleet of 20 new aircraft.

The company, which owns Emirates airline and Middle East air travel service provider dnata, wants to hire another 450 pilots and grow its overall workforce by 6% by March 2016.

Approximately half of the new recruits will be Dubai-based cabin crew for Emirates airline.

While the company wants to swell its ranks across six continents it was unable to specify how many jobs would be created in the UK.

The company has 3,499 British staff already employed across the company as pilots, cabin crew, engineers and support staff and there are 1,811 Dubai-based cabin crew from the UK.

Emirates also employs almost 700 people across its five major UK gateways – Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, London Heathrow and Gatwick.

Laurie Berryman, VP United Kingdom at Emirates, said: "The UK has always been an important region for Emirates, not only in terms of our operations here, but as a source for talented employees.

"We're looking for skilled workers who are ready to broaden their horizons and work for a global organisation offering huge opportunities."