Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Flight Deck Forums > Terms and Endearment
Reload this Page >

BA Direct Entry Pilot.

Terms and Endearment The forum the bean counters hoped would never happen. Your news on pay, rostering, allowances, extras and negotiations where you work - scheduled, charter or contract.

BA Direct Entry Pilot.

Old 26th Apr 2017, 15:02
  #3621 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Winchester
Posts: 6,003
Also, when I say useful day at home, day 3 of a trip can be quite a problematic half day at home depending how you handle it / partner's sympathy to Mr Dead, corpse like state etc.
Oh it's not just me then....
wiggy is offline  
Old 26th Apr 2017, 19:28
  #3622 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: The Home of the Gnomes
Posts: 386
Mow the lawn, wash the car, dig the garden. Accounts best avoided I find.
Tay Cough is offline  
Old 26th Apr 2017, 22:22
  #3623 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: UK
Posts: 319
Originally Posted by wiggy View Post
Oh it's not just me then....
No, I call day 3/return home day my "just inching off being single/right, that's it I'm jacking this LH crap in if I live through the night and don't melt or self combust along with the sofa" day.

Day 1 off is "being single immediate threat over/it's ok really, just have a small bit of washing and some chores" day.

Day 2 off is....." more chores/ oh not that bloody suitcase again [insert location of where you live]" day
Wireless is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2017, 11:28
  #3624 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: London
Posts: 151
Can someone who knows what's what say roughly how widespread this unpaid leave offer is.
Has it been offered to all fleets?
I thought there were a fair few long haulers knocking up against 900H?
applecrumble is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2017, 11:47
  #3625 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Winchester
Posts: 6,003
Can someone who knows what's what say roughly how widespread this unpaid leave offer is.
Has it been offered to all fleets?
Not sure what level of detail it's safe to print here, so forgive me if I simply say it's not across the board; it's targetted to about half a dozen specific combinations of Fleets and seats. It's certainly looks like it's available widely on short/midhaul haul types, it's slightly less available on longhaul....I'll let those with an interest draw their own conclusions.

The 900 hour'ish Longhaulers are separate issue and I'm sure will be dealt with as per the usual longstanding procedure ( i.e. via the monthly bid process by to some extent limiting trip selection), rather than standing down targetted indviduals as part of an unpaid leave process.

Last edited by wiggy; 30th Apr 2017 at 12:00.
wiggy is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2017, 14:48
  #3626 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: London
Posts: 151
Thank you Wiggy.
applecrumble is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2017, 15:56
  #3627 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: North London at last
Posts: 145
As a swimmer I have not been over encouraged by the posts over the last few days. Suspect I will be hanging around north of London for a bit longer. Still, its better than Doha.
FlipFlapFlop is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2017, 16:30
  #3628 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: London
Posts: 151
With any luck we will be allowed to remain in the pool until there is a requirement. It's not in BA's interest to make us do it all again.
To be fair, the plan changes very quickly so what's happening now doesn't guarantee what's going to happen next year.
Last year there was unpaid voluntary leave offered on short haul. DEP's joined in Jan/Feb. Go figure.
applecrumble is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2017, 16:43
  #3629 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: North London at last
Posts: 145
Hope you are right applecrumble but BA do have history here.
FlipFlapFlop is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2017, 17:24
  #3630 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: London
Posts: 151
I know, fingers crossed.
I would hope that it is hard to justify chucking suitable candidates out of the pool when it costs so much. In this day and age of cost cutting and competition.
applecrumble is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2017, 18:27
  #3631 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 321
Unfortunately they won't bat an eyelid regarding costs and what's sensible, if they want to disband the hold pool again they'll just do it at will.
Reversethrustset is offline  
Old 1st May 2017, 00:53
  #3632 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Still looking
Posts: 126
BA HR seem pretty good at blowing cash. I suspect it's a sort of "justifying" the jobs/headcount they have. The old mantra..... look busy!
skyloone is offline  
Old 1st May 2017, 08:53
  #3633 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: somewhere in the middle
Posts: 258
Realistically though, how much does it cost?

Day 1; A days wage for someone to administer, then mark the written tests. A proportion of the purchase cost of said test (which given that they will be used across the BA organisation, for engineers, clerical etc etc, means that proportion is less), the purchase cost of the computer exams.

Day 2; a days wage for 6 or so pilots, plus 6 or so HR bods. Some money for a round of Tesco sandwiches.

So for the first 2 screening days, the main cost is wages, I'd say. And given that these people are already employed full time, they'd be paying that wage anyway.

Mentally I'm resigned to having to go through the whole rigmarole again.
thetimesreader84 is offline  
Old 1st May 2017, 09:09
  #3634 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Right of the Middle
Posts: 349
Originally Posted by thetimesreader84 View Post
Mentally I'm resigned to having to go through the whole rigmarole again.
My expiriation is in exactly 12 months, and from what I read I am fairly convinced that that time will come and go with no offer. Not sure that I will put myself through it all again, I'll be within 2 yrs of a command where I am by then...

A quick vow-pox from people - given the 18 month hold pool time now, when do you sink?
FoxChaRomeo is offline  
Old 1st May 2017, 09:15
  #3635 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: somewhere in the middle
Posts: 258
June '18.

And similar, will be looking at command board at current airline at the end of 2018.
thetimesreader84 is offline  
Old 1st May 2017, 09:41
  #3636 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Winchester
Posts: 6,003
The old and overly posh HR types working at BA have an archaic view of things and could be the grandmas of most of the pilots BA has hired over the last 3 years.
For the sake of accuracy I'm not sure how many of the actual "HR types" would be BA employees these days ( Waterside has been well and truely denuded of staff over the last few years) , they are described in a lot of the literature as "HR associates", which my guess means they are consultants - though I'm open to correction and in any event accept that BA has to carry the can for any impressions given.

That aside reading the comments here I can accept that overall it may not be perceived as a great experience for many - I think the mad dash to recruit a year or two back has led to expectations which may now not be delivered, but sadly it's also fairly typical of the roller coaster ride that can be the 'BA employee experience' ...
wiggy is offline  
Old 1st May 2017, 09:43
  #3637 (permalink)  
VJW
Sciolist (look it up) of the first order
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 949
Lots of good points mentioned above. Regarding the cost to BA to run the recruitment process; yes it might not cost a great deal to empty the pool and start again but in this day and age of cost cutting, you do wonder what's the point of incurring any additional unnecessary costs though?

Having failed a couple times prior to being successful this last time I do know for us candidates it's certainly not easy to pass, but I wonder what their logic is regarding our ability to do the job if after 18 months they don't offer us one. Provided we are still working in our current airline and having already passed BA, what exactly do BA think has happened to our ability in this time? As far as I can see we've only gone and gained even more experience and are bringing even more to the table.

It is of course their train set, and while I'm still positive I do know two things;
1. I'm happy I passed and am at least in this situation instead of having failed again, and
2. Having passed I now know then level you need to be at to get through. Should I need to do it all again, while I won't be overly happy, I'm pretty sure I'd pass.

FWIW I expire in early March 2018.
VJW is offline  
Old 1st May 2017, 09:51
  #3638 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Winchester
Posts: 6,003
in this day and age of cost cutting, you do wonder what's the point of incurring any additional unnecessary costs though?
Agreed, dumping the pool and starting again would fly in the face of the increasing frequency of communicatuons we get about the need to cut costs.
wiggy is offline  
Old 1st May 2017, 10:29
  #3639 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: London
Age: 34
Posts: 58
I expire Feb 2018 but am suprised the guys expiring later in 2018 are not more confident of a call seeing that 2018 has all the aircraft deliveries.... I however expect no phone call personally
polepilot is offline  
Old 1st May 2017, 11:04
  #3640 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Right of the Middle
Posts: 349
It's the glimmer of hope I cling too!
FoxChaRomeo is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.