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EasyJet to create 330 pilot jobs

Old 1st Feb 2013, 15:26
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EasyJet to create 330 pilot jobs

Airline easyJet is to create 330 new jobs for pilots this year across all of its 11 UK bases.

The new posts will be in Gatwick, Southend, Luton, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Belfast.

Captain Brian Tyrrell, easyJet's head of flight operations, said: "We offer a clear career path for pilots with the potential to move from first officer to captain more quickly than at other airlines."

Jim McAuslan, general secretary of the pilots' union Balpa, said: "EasyJet has been dragged kicking and screaming by Balpa into offering a permanent contract to some of its growing casual pilot workforce.

"Despite the spin in today's easyJet announcement, this "take-it-or-leave-it" contract is being denounced by pilots across easyJet."

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EasyJet to create 330 pilot jobs - National News, Breaking News - Herald.ie

Luchtvaartnieuws.nl, a dutch website on aviation has some more detailled info here
Article - Luchtvaartnieuws

To me it looks like Easyjet is copying the Ryanair model in which pilots are hired from one or two companies.

google translate:
For budget airline EasyJet has this year for 330 new pilots in the United Kingdom. The need for new pilots is the result of a new career structure for the company, as did easyJet Friday. These are permanent positions for new cadet and first officer positions on the eleven British easyJet bases.

The influx of newcomers means that existing first officers can move to the position of captain in the British airline.

EasyJet prefers pilots coming from training partners CTC and Parc and who have experience as a pilot with easyJet. After two years and more than 1250 flight hours they can earn a permanent contract with easyJet. The starting salary for cadets is £ 40,000, while first officers earn at least £ 54,000. The income of captains is between 114,000 and 146,000 pounds.

EasyJet makes for hiring pilots for several years using the services of CTC and Parc, and it was some time ago that the society itself directly hired pilots. The company has about 2,300 pilots, of whom it yourself 1850 under contract and 450 are under contract with CTC and Parc. The airline only flies with Airbus A319s and A320s.

The new fixed first officer positions will be offered on all eleven of easyJet bases in the United Kingdom: the 'London' airports Gatwick, Southend, Luton and Stansted, Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol in England, and Belfast in Northern Ireland.
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Old 1st Feb 2013, 16:30
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Official statement is here:

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Its clever wording - the 330 will be recruited from the current 450 parc/ctc pilots who...

Once they have flown for over 1250 hours with easyJet and completed two years, pilots then join easyJet as permanent employees at First Officer rank.
Unless I'm mistaken this is not really recruitment, merely offering a proper job to those that are on poor contracts. Although it is a positive move.
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Old 1st Feb 2013, 17:56
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Maybe Ecam,

But I would take a 'deep dive' and suggest that contracts offered will not be the same that Balpa are presently trying to protect.

How many of the 330 jobs will be offered to experienced Flybe guys/girls facing uncertain futures? Answer: None.

This is H89 hot air and frankly disgusting for a Company knocking on the FTSE 100 door.
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Spot on binder! My bet is your 'deep dive' is correct!!
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Unless I'm mistaken this is not really recruitment, merely offering a proper
job to those that are on poor contracts.
Only to be replaced by hundreds of others willing to pay to fly. The good days of T&Cs are long gone and as long as new guys are willing to fly for peanuts, those days will never return.

easyJet only pays what it needs to, same with FR. The new guys don't realise they are ruining it for themselves, and the older guys are just too willing to accept cadets/P2F.

This cancer is slowly creeping into our side of the industry also, however there are plenty of us still left who will just not tolerate it.
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EASYJET PILOTS DENOUNCE NEW CONTRACT

01/02/2013

Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, commenting on easyJet’s announcement today about a new contract for some pilots said: ‘easyJet has been dragged kicking and screaming by BALPA into offering a permanent contract to some of its growing casual pilot workforce. But, despite the spin in today’s easyJet announcement, this “take-it-or-leave-it” contract is being denounced by pilots across easyJet.

‘BALPA has been inundated with concerned young pilots, desperate for a job and experience, who will still have to put up with two years on a zero hours contract and uncertain lifestyle. And, because of their £100k loan repayments, these pilots will take home less than a McDonalds employee.

‘And this from a company that is knocking on the door of the FTSE 100 and is hugely successful with a management team rewarded as such.

‘Pilots – and we believe the travelling public – still want to know if a pilot is good enough to fly for easyJet, why is that pilot not good enough to be on a permanent and reasonable contract?’

Jim McAuslan concluded, ‘The most interesting reaction to easyjet’s announcement isn’t the concern of the young pilots, but the anger of the longer serving and experienced pilots who are outraged at the treatment of their new colleagues. Little surprise that the vast majority of them are proud to be a pilot, but few would now recommend it as career under easyJet conditions. BALPA’s campaign for a decent contract for all easyJet pilots – one which does not exploit the enthusiasm and desperation of young cadets – will continue both publically and industrially.’
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So correct me if I'm wrong but..

This isn't recruitment of 300 new pilots, but merely the conversion of contracts to permanent.

Bit of another pr stunt.
Maybe stop a few more running off to Monarch and the likes.
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Correct, it is NOT 330 new jobs, but merely offering a substancially worse contract than the already existing contract to the CTC/PARC guys already flying for us. All this in the name of "remaining competitive" while we break the profit record year after year.
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This may be controversial, but I believe it's not too bad of a thing: it's created 330 new jobs, flexibility in an ever changing market and the good opportunities to advance within the company - well paid - in the future.
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How is this creating new jobs? it's just a rehash of already existing jobs previously filled by contractors? The whole point is that the terms of employment are significantly worse than the already existing contract that existed before WB swooped in.
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Contact Approach you are so wrong! This is the forced implementation of a B scale which will save the company millions. Ezy made £60m more than expected last year and its share price has trebled. This is the boards attempt to turn Ezy into Ryanair make no mistake. Ezy pilots want new entrants on permenant contracts but on the existing scale, which to be frank aren't exactly amazing. This is not a good deal in any way shape or form. Whenever the CEO gets her video camera out to tell you how wonderful it is you know it's crap. This is the race to the bottom and our profession is on its knees!
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So, after 4 years working for easyjet they reach a salary on par with other airlines starting salary, ie, circa £60k.

Assuming '330 jobs' then for ease of calculation:

330 x £20k = £6.6M
£6.6M x 4 =£26.4M

Not bad from a corporate position and, assuming that much is saved, guaranteed bonuses for those introducing it and bitter feelings for those standing aside and allowing this to happen.

Big question is, whats next?
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What's next - this maybe ?

Socrates,

Maybe 'Pilot Apprentices' are the next big thing.....

Pilot Apprentice (B737) UK-Latest Pilot Jobs-Latest Pilot Jobs

Admittedly, many have made this route work in the past - myself included but I don't remember the 'bonded type rating' been part of the deal
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Interesting link!!!!

I found this bit interesting, apart from your previously pointed out 'bonding':

Successful candidates will hold a UK Frozen ATPL and Medical as well as JOC, MCC and driving licence. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience of office IT systems. In addition we require you to be flexible as we may require you to be based from any of our UK bases.
So Jet2 want you to be instantly employable as a pilot but put you through 18 months as teaboy/general dogsbody prior to condecending to allowing you near a type rating!!!

I wonder if they will keep your licences ticking over in the intervening 18 months.

This isn't an apprenticeship this is pure exploitation of already qualified professional pilots.

I would not recommend this industry to my children.

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The total reward package includes flexible rosters, basic pay, on target bonus and sector pay and other allowances plus employment benefits such as pension. All these ranges are based on pilots working full time. There will also be part time (at 75%) and fixed rosters (paid at 90%) contracts available

Does it mention that all contracts will be 75%? With the opportunity to move to 90% or 100% based on schedule, base and business demand? No I don't think it does but that is the reality.
It also doesn't mention these contracts are being sent out with a specific time frame to return them, with no guarantee they will be offered again if you turn them down.

Tell me, why would easy who have spent 20 months working with Balpa on a solution to this be in such a hurry to sweep this under the carpet? The impending entry to the ftse100, the media and industrial campaign that is starting? Ill leave you to make up your own mind.
Alistair Campbell would be proud.

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This is definitely a positive step in the right direction, though their marketing spin is maybe a step from reality.

Everything in life is based on supply and demand, and right now, we are over supplying our industry with pilots and the jobs simply do not exist. Whilst this continues to be the case, unscrupulous employers can continue to treat us all like mugs.
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What are you EZ boys and girls waiting to ground EZ airplanes once and for all for 3 days, a week, 3 weeks ??? Working in office jobs IN ADDITION TO your current crazy rosters ? Have your homes taken away because of a sudden requirement to achieve some obscure yield ? Having to pay part of your passengers tickets from your own pockets ? Your daughters in the red light quarter to finance your meager salaries ?????

What is the use of BALPA ? What sorts of excuses will this "union" come up with in order not to act ?

How can someone who cannot take control of his fate make the decision to go around when all goes pear shape ? How can you give the control of fast jets, within which strong decision making hence strong personality is key to safety, to people who cannot even decide to act for their own long term good ??

I know there's a great chance that my post will be erased but what the hell... This situation is turning into a farce. Year after year. "What kind of extra excuse can I find not to strike ? Hey, I'm still making more than the employee at Mc Donald's down the street. I still have more of a life than that poor bugger.".

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Everything in life is based on supply and demand, and right now, we are over supplying our industry with pilots and the jobs simply do not exist. Whilst this continues to be the case, unscrupulous employers can continue to treat us all like mugs.

False. Many more factors are to be incorporated. Ground airplanes a week or two and you'll see things will be much different. Refer to post above.
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This is definitely a positive step in the right direction
Why?

Why is this a 'step in the right direction'?

They are asking for fully qualified pilots to take part in an 'apprentice scheme' and this is 'step in the right direction'?

These are qualified pilots, able to take up position as co-pilots in a commercial operation, not muppets in a scheme which pushes them from pillar to post in a company that then, after 18 months, wants to employ then for what they are employable for. And you believe this is a step in the right direction?

So is it with the decline of our industry.

BALPA, sort this mess out, if you can't then the paying public need to be more aware of just who it is that is flying them through the air at 650mph and throwing them at the ground at 175mph when they complain that taxi's drive too fast!!!!

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This is a total illusion. These are not new jobs - just flexicrew being paid less on permanent contracts than they were on temporary ones. It is an utter fabrication.
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