Does Jetstar provide accommodation assistance, what accommodation is available and what is the likely cost?
Jetstar does not provide an accommodation allowance; however, you will receive a Market Based Allowance which currently is set at HK$20,000 for Captain and HK$12,000 for FO per month. Accommodation is widely available around the airport area in such places as Discovery Bay and Tung Chung area. Alternatively, many people choose to live in the more lively areas in the city around Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Most forms of accommodation are high-rise apartment living and the cost of an apartment will vary markedly depending on size and location. As a rough guide, the cost of a 2 bedroom apartment in the Tung Chung area (880-1200sqft) would be in the vicinity of HK$18,000 - HK$25,000; a one bedroom apartment (640-830sqft) from HK$13,500 - HK$15,000. Apartments in Downtown could be obtained for a similar amount but would likely be smaller in size.
Does Jetstar provide schooling assistance, what schools are available and what is the likely cost?
Jetstar does not provide a schooling allowance. Schooling can be quite expensive in Hong Kong depending on the level and the particular requirements of families. You are encouraged to consider schooling availability and cost before committing to a family move to Hong Kong.
How long is the Pilot Contract?
Pilots will be offered permanent contracts.
Are there opportunities to transfer within the Jetstar Group?
Whilst all Jetstar Group Airlines have a common operational and commercial philosophy, each is a separate entity and there is no specific policy regarding transfers within the group. Where a specific need arises, pilots may be offered the opportunity to apply for a transfer on a short-term or fixed-term LWOP basis.
Would Jetstar cover the cost of the Endorsement, CCQ or Refresher Courses?
Where training is required to gain an endorsement, a CCQ or undertake a Refresher program prior to being employed, the cost of the training is borne by the applicant. Applicants will be offered the opportunity to enter into a Training Agreement which will allow them to repay the cost incurred through a salary deduction arrangement over a period of 36 months. The cost to each pilot will be determined on an individual basis determined by the additional training required. Pilots once endorsed or who are already endorsed on the aircraft type, will undergo the Jetstar Transition Training program after commencing with the Company. This training will comprise of specific procedures and sequences in order to fulfill both Jetstar and HK CAD regulatory requirements.
First Officers will be given every opportunity to enhance both their flying and leadership skills. Command upgrade will be offered to appropriately qualified pilots and selection will be based on a number of factors including length of service, performance, qualifications and of course command vacancies.
The current salary scales are shown below.
Base Pay MBA Performance pay at 75 hrs. Minimum monthly total Bonus
TRE/IRE $ 85,000 $ 20,000 $ 35,000 $ 140,000 20%
LTC $ 80,000 $ 20,000 $ 35,000 $ 135,000 20%
Captain $ 75,000 $ 20,000 $ 35,000 $ 130,000 10%
First Officer $ 45,000 $ 12,000 $ 17,500 $ 74,500 10%
The Base Pay is calculated on minimum credit of 50 hours/month.
Performance Pay is based on an additional credit of 25 hours/month.
(For pilots joining Jetstar Hong Kong before operational launch, this additional credit is guaranteed for a period of 2 years from date of commencement.)
All additional credit hours are paid at overtime rates of; Captain – HK$1,400/hr and FO HK$700/hr.
Company Incentive Scheme
For pilots joining before operational launch, the Company Bonus is guaranteed for a period of 2 years. The bonus is paid annually and is based on gross salary for the previous financial year.
Credit Hours are accumulated as follow:
• Scheduled Block Time for sectors flown (not actual flying chock-chock).
• Simulator, Emergency Procedures (EP) and Security Courses at 5 hours per day.
• Ground administration or office days at 3 hours per day.
• Deadhead at Company request, 50% of Scheduled Block time.
.Rostered Days Off
Rostered Days Off are 8 days in 28.
Annual Leave = 28 days per annum
Other leave is in accordance with Company policies as varied from time to time.
Pilots are subject to Hong Kong taxation Laws and it is the individual’s responsibility to comply with the tax liabilities as required by the Inland Revenue.
The Company will enroll you in a Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme and will make the minimum required contributions under law. Your minimum statutory contributions will be deducted from your wages each month.
Medical insurance and employee compensation insurance will be provided.
Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
The Company will provide Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance subject to the Company policies. Details will be provided later.
Staff Travel Benefits
Jetstar provides employees a discretionary benefit of staff travel after a six month qualifying period with the company. Employees, their partner, children and their parents are able to access concessional staff travel. Travel is on a standby basis and bookings can be made on Qantas and Jetstar group aircraft only. Further travel benefits may be available with other carriers in due course subject to specific agreements to be negotiated.
Employer Sponsored Work Visa
Jetstar, when necessary, will assist successful Pilots (and their families) in obtaining Employer Sponsored Visas in order that they and their families are able to work in Hong Kong. Visa approval is subject to each applicant meeting entry criteria managed by the Hong Kong Immigration authorities and the application process is expected to take a minimum of four to six weeks.
Conversion to Hong Kong ATPL/Certificate of Validation
The requirements for existing foreign-ATPL holders to convert to a Hong Kong ATPL are specified in Part 3 Chapter 3 of CAD 54 which can be found on the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) website Civil Aviation Department | ¥Á¯è³B
. Principally this involves sitting the Hong Kong ATPL Air Law Exams (parts A and B) and the Aircraft Technical and Aircraft Performance Exams and meeting the requirements discussed below. Whilst the study for the exams may be completed overseas, the exams must be completed in Hong Kong.
Other requirements include;
• completing an English Language Test with an authorized testing person,
• completing an Instrument Rating Flight Test,
• undertaking a Class 1 Hong Kong medical examination.
An application for a Hong Kong ATPL licence must be accompanied by evidence of passes in the ATPL subjects for which the original ATPL was issued (not a converted licence), together with a log book showing the last six months of flying. Pilots must have a minimum of 2800 total and 500 multi-crew hours. A full face photograph and proof of nationality (passport) will also be required when applying for the ATPL. The HK CAD assesses each application individually and may require additional evidence or examinations as the case may be.
Prior to commencing with Jetstar pilots who do not already possess a Hong Kong licence, will be required to obtain a Certificate of Validation of their current licence; consequently, applicants must hold a current ICAO recognized ATPL endorsed with a current aircraft and instrument rating and a current Class 1 medical certificate valid for at least 60 days. Further, in order to obtain the C of V pilots will be required to complete the following CAD examinations; Hong Kong Air Law parts A and B and the aircraft technical exams as above. The flight test for the Instrument Rating may be undertaken during the Transition Simulator session after commencing employment with Jetstar Hong Kong.
What Relocation benefits are provided?
The Company will provide economy class air travel for the employee and family to Hong Kong and up to 2 weeks hotel accommodation if required.