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Old 4th Nov 2013, 21:50
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Recruitment will recommence probably May next year for our continued expansion of several units per year, or 30-40 pilots annually rough figures.

We have 6 MPL pilots of a total of 500+! We may recruit more in small numbers, but we continue to recruit non-MPL cadets, type rated (many from easy) and non-type rated pilots (including ex-military).

We even take ex-CAA!
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 07:08
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Is anyone at Monarch worried at the rate of expansion ? If you keep blowing into a balloon it will eventually go pop !
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 08:30
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Planned expansion is around 5-6 units per year taking us to around 60. I don't see that as reckless or excessive. Loads are up, expecting to be back into profit this year in line with targets. I have no concerns.
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Old 13th Dec 2013, 09:03
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any update for us hold pool swimmers on recruitment in 2014???
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Old 14th Dec 2013, 19:30
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Hi,

Roll on the DEC opportunities.
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Old 14th Dec 2013, 20:47
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khaosai, already ready heard of potential 9 DEC interviews from HR bods. Apparently too many CTC people there just like here at EZY, the insurers don't like it. Just a rumour though.
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Old 15th Dec 2013, 03:13
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With around 45 very experienced captains due to be re-fleeted over the next 10 months I wouldn't hold your breath on the DEC score. As for the cadets, they usually stop being cadets around 15 months after joining, and are in the command experience bracket at around the 4.5 - 5 year point. As they usually only form around a third of any recruitment drive, there is no shortage of experienced First Officers to draw on, even when TTC (Time to Command) falls to the 5 year level or below.
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Old 18th Dec 2013, 09:19
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Hi,

Great company and DEC in a few years would be a nice opportunity. Let's see how it goes.
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Old 22nd Jan 2014, 22:00
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Been in the holding pool for a while now, anyone have any updates? heard rumours possible recruitment in May.......
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Old 23rd Jan 2014, 08:20
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Last communication I recieved
Recruitment possibly to open up again late summer 2014/winter 2015
I understand there are courses organised at present for low experience guys from one of the integrated programs hopefully things open up for the rest of us later this year
Good luck
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Old 23rd Jan 2014, 09:09
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Yes i heard CTC guys are possibly being interviewed in May, fingers crossed for all us guys with experience.

Hi Mesh..do you have any info for us all in the holding pool?
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Old 27th Jan 2014, 23:58
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Everywhere you look, this and that UK airline not taking on experienced pilots but taking on this and that scheme of 'cadets'. It's driving me mad. Been flying for years, did my time, worked to save money to fly, got a job light twins, turboprop built hours onto jets then wide body then out of work and now on the scrap heap. I'm having to go back to labouring to pay my bills. Moan over. Sorry a lot of us guys in the same boat including the poor Flybe and potentially GSS lads/lasses.

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Old 28th Jan 2014, 02:12
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You're moaning in the wrong thread. Monarch do take on cadets as part of a balanced intake, however they also recruit both experienced type rated and non-type rated pilots as well. They have done for many years. Within the latter two groups they also take on ex-military career changers and pilots made redundant from failed or contracting carriers. In the last few years that has included BMI and Astraeus, and this year will likely include Flybe.
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Old 28th Jan 2014, 07:52
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Your statement is correct Pilot of the Caribbean, however the percentage of guys from CTC/OAA with no experience of commercial/military flying going straight into the plumb jobs in the UK does tend to grate especially when there are so many suitable people out there who have worked through various stages of their Airline development path with experience/life skills/good flying records/balanced personalities banging on the door of not just this particular airline but of the others as well.

Its obvious there is a place for cadets with no experience that is not in doubt. the frustration, I think is possibly caused by the balance or inexperienced to experienced especially in to percieved top jobs such as at this particular company

Fair play to anyone who helps guys out from failing airlines that is definately a good point however of all the various reasons trotted out at the different airlines to justify the "cadet rich recruitment" situation in the UK I have to say, for me, none of them make logical sense.
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Old 28th Jan 2014, 09:21
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Whilst I agree that there may be too many cadets going straight onto jets at the expense of well experienced turbo prop or experienced jets pilots from bankrupt companies, the Monarch thread is the wrong place to have it. Try the Easyjet thread or others.

Monarch have taken on a broad spectrum of new pilots over the past couple of years and in even spreads.
Only a third of each intake were cadets, while all others were either experienced jet pilots from other carriers or experienced turbo prop or ex military people.
Monarch have looked to the long term for experience levels and have done more to help those already flying to progress their carriers than most other UK airlines.
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Old 28th Jan 2014, 10:41
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I think you will find the airlines have a vested interest in certain flight training organisations continuing to supply cadets.
If airlines employ the current glut experienced guys then the flight training schools will wind down or go bust and then the pilots will have them by the balls due to lack of available cadets/new blood and that will make pilot employment expensive for them.
Oversupply and cheap is how most companies want it.

As for Monarch, they have always been one of the better companies and even though I am in a good position at the moment I would leave for a job at MON.
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Old 28th Jan 2014, 10:49
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Serenity hits a fairish point. For sure there are operators out there who prefer a greater number of cadets but just a guess is that this is possibly due to the fact some operators, by virtue they are a larger outfit recruit more new hires. In ratio is there any difference between ezy and Monarch? My guess is ezy would still have a higher ratio of cadets however it is likely this ratio isnt a different as we would be led to believe

And to add to the equation how many Monarch new hires over the last year or so were taken from the group of ezy cadets that were on terrible t&cs at that time - an for the purpose of this discussion are been classed as "Monarch experienced hires" and not "cadets" I accept there maybe a touch of "goalpost moving" here by myself but I am playing devils advocate to paint a picture. Maybe there isnt much difference after all

You cannot escape the fact Monarch are an Operator that lots of people would like to work for. But I feel this particular discussion is in its right place. As it is clear it is taking place at Monarch.

I am sure there will already be a similar discussion on ezy threads along with other threads that are as deserving of this discussion as this one
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Old 28th Jan 2014, 11:32
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Yes sorry, I didn't mean Monarch by itself. It was a general little moan. Perhaps not the correct thread technically. I just saw the word cadet again and had a little gripe out of frustration at what's been a dire year for me and others.

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Old 28th Jan 2014, 13:06
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You cannot escape the fact Monarch are an Operator that lots of people would like to work for. But I feel this particular discussion is in its right place. As it is clear it is taking place at Monarch.
Yes, that is correct, but Monarch would make no apology for their cadet recruitment, as it has served them very well. They have been recruiting cadets for a long time and many of those ex-cadets are now training captains and hold management positions within the company. Monarch treat their cadets very well and as already exemplified most of those cadets establish themselves in good career paths within the airline.
the percentage of guys from CTC/OAA with no experience of commercial/military flying going straight into the plumb jobs in the UK does tend to grate especially when there are so many suitable people out there who have worked through various stages of their Airline development path with experience/life skills/good flying records/balanced personalities banging on the door of not just this particular airline but of the others as well.
Not forgetting that almost all of the selected cadets are considered "suitable people" for the steep and demanding learning curve that is expected of them. They also have "balanced personalities" and good interpersonal skills with strong (CRM) non-technical qualities that were an ingrained part of their training courses. "Life experience" is one of those abstract terms that people often use to mean anything they want it to mean. All of the cadet pilots bring similar and individual life experience in much the same measure as anyone else of their respective age group and spectrum. Cadet pilots are usually fast learning individuals who are a pleasure to work with. Most line captains enjoy being a part of the cadets continuation training and development process, and it is a very positive and rewarding part of working here.

This is a company that has and does value quality and loyalty. It has never had any problem in attracting applicants with a high degree of both. That holds true for cadets, ex-military pilots, and pilots from other companies. On that score, and given the balanced nature of the recruitment portfolio, it has nothing to apologise for. Experience, although not in isolation, is valued. However, cadets with a lack of flying experience are also valued for the demonstrable qualities they bring to the game. All cadets are subject to a 6-8 month probationary period upon placement. At the end of that period and subject to vacancies being available, and a high level of demonstrated attainment and progress, almost all are offered contracts of employment.

Generally speaking, two of the three recruitment sources are firmly targeted at the "experienced pilot" market. Terms, conditions and career prospects are good by industry standards, and that is always going to mean a lot of disappointed applicants. The final group are "apprentice" pilots, and across the group there has always been a solid, mentored and recognised history of apprenticeships, which the company is very proud of. From the cadet pilot source, the company also seeks to attract the best applicants and its experience has been long term and positive.

Whatever recruitment source is highlighted, the airline does not charge for type ratings or any other form of training. Cadets and non-type rated pilots do enter into a reducing and short term bond to cover reasonably assessed costs if a contract of employment is offered. All pilots within 24 months (at the latest) are on exactly the same incremental salary ladders irrespective of their pathway at induction. All are on exactly the same T&C's.

That is pretty much the way it is, and the way it has been for quite a long time. Monarch is a good career airline and has a solid training and apprenticeship ethos. It works for the company, and it works for most of those who have made their careers here. There are three general recruitment gateways which provide opportunities to a broad range of would be applicants. If those gateways don't suit other peoples perceptions for whatever reason, I doubt the company will lose any sleep over it.

Finally, I would point out that Monarch has never been a company focused on "simulator tests" or technical rich recruitment interviews. The focus has historically always been on the personal qualities of the individual. Anybody who has been through an interview, will often comment on the relaxed and seemingly informal nature of that process. This focus doesn't ignore the experience levels or training background of the applicant, because the recruitment source pools already provide much of that information both by default and reference.
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Old 28th Jan 2014, 14:36
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Where do I apply? Sounds like the dream.
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