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Old 27th Nov 2020, 12:27
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Hey guys, Has anyone heard anything from Pilot Recruitment or any info on the current hiring situation? Thanks
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Old 27th Nov 2020, 17:03
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20% of the pilots fired in April. The start of Wizz Abu Dhabi (which some people considered to be their savior in the ME) is pushed again and again (now to the middle of January and with only two aircraft). Per Eurocontrol data the company is flying 5% of the capacity operated last November (despite another 20 aircraft were delivered since). As of this moment 10 aircraft are flying out of 135. The biggest base (Budapest) is cut to four flights a week. Not four destinations but four flights. The majority of the remaining crew are on non-paid "holiday" during the winter season. Company communication is about improving demand from next month (since like May), not happenning. Go figure how much pilots they need. Unless they do another round of fire & re-hire (or replace with rookies) drive.
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Old 28th Nov 2020, 09:34
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All predictions of recruitment in early 2021 were based on the assumption that there would not be a resurgence of the pandemic, a second round of lockdowns and travel restrictions and abysmally low demand for flying throughout the winter (because, honestly, why would you go somewhere where everything is closed and a curfew is in place). Many countries on the route network remain off limits to foreigners indefinitely. Even if vaccines are successfully deployed in early 2021 and the acute stage of the public health crisis abates by the summer, never to come back, a return to more than 70-80% of 2019 flight numbers by the end of 2021 is unlikely. And, for now, Wizz air have enough pilots to cover 80% of their 2019 schedule, possibly up to 90% if some of the redundant pilots will be called back. So, late 2021 or early 2022 seems to be the optimistic time line for recruitment now.
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Old 28th Nov 2020, 10:20
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Does anybody know if the holding pool has some kind of expiry date? Iíve heard some airlines do 1 year.

I never got any information since I was put in the holding pool back in April.
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 06:19
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Internal rumor is that post covid19 salaries are going to be initially half of what pre-covid pay was. It's not clear whether this will apply to new hires/rehires or to everyone further dividing the pilot group thus preventing forming of a union some sort.
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 12:14
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Q2 2021 will be an interesting time if the EC does not extend the suspension of the 80-20 slot rule in March. The moment those slots are up for grabs, Wizz air are ready to take them. That's what JV has been indicating consistently in the past months. And this is something which can redefine the landscape in many parts of Europe which previously enjoyed a totally different setup.
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Old 3rd Dec 2020, 11:06
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Old 3rd Dec 2020, 11:26
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booze

It seems to be confirmed. It applies to current employees as well when changing payscale i.e. FO - - - > SFO. Effectively an upgrade with a paycut.
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Old 3rd Dec 2020, 12:26
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It's not half, it's around 20% off - at least currently, I have not heard of any further paycuts.
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Old 3rd Dec 2020, 13:42
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There was a 20% pay cut in late March - and, back then, the idea was to restore the pre-COVID salary after one year for current employees but to keep the new, lower pay scale for any new joiners. Then, in the summer, the length of service bonus was capped - as far as I remember, now any further year of service after the fifth one makes no difference to pay. Right now, many pilots are either on part-time contracts or on alternating periods of unpaid leave.

That's the part which is certain for now. Can anyone confirm whether the new, further reduced pay scale is a fact or just a rumour? If it's real, this is likely going to affect a number of other airlines across Europe, especially Eastern Europe.
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Old 3rd Dec 2020, 16:05
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Itís confirmed Wizz will now be paying their pilots in pretzels and malt wine to keep cost down but maintain the Christmas spirit. They still expect to get 1000 applications every 2 minutes..
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Old 3rd Dec 2020, 18:24
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PilotLZ

It’s correct what you said, no further paycuts, I don’t know where the rumours come from.
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Old 4th Dec 2020, 01:59
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Rumor has it that a zoom meeting has leaked costing some heads/managers so far. Many subjects were discussed during this meeting like a matrix on how to choose who should be let go and based on what reasons, further salary cuts, etc.
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Old 4th Dec 2020, 08:08
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The 500 EUR bonus will certainly help employees through Christmas season.
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Old 4th Dec 2020, 09:54
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aviationvictim

The majority of redundant captains and FOs are working jobs where they make a quarter of their previous airline pilot salary, operators know that, so why on earth should they offer more money ? As of today and the foreseeable future pilot's bargaining power is close to zero.
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Old 4th Dec 2020, 11:46
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History tells us a surplus turns to a desperate shortage very very quickly, and while I fully support pilots accepting big pay cuts, when the boots on the other foot, they MUST MUST MUST either walk away to a competitor, or demand a massive pay deal to prevent them doing so (and compensate for the bad times).

And when that deal is assessed by the pilot, inevitably the behaviour of the airline during the bad times will be remembered, so airlines which think they are saving a bundle by slashing pay, will only lose it later by having to pay more when pilots are rare as rocking horse . So for example, given an offer from both wizz and easy, I would in future need the wizz package to be about 25% above easy, because I now know that come the bad times, the wizz pay will crumble away in a second.
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Old 4th Dec 2020, 11:52
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Improvement in T&Cs is due in two situations - whenever the company needs to attract new employees (by convincing them to quit their jobs in other companies) and whenever retention of the present employees becomes problematic (obviously because there are other, better opportunities out there and people are moving onto them in large numbers).

Which of those is the case now? Neither, unfortunately. Therefore, any improvement is off the cards until numerous other opportunities come up, absorb most of those thousands on the dole or in low-paid non-flying jobs now and provide better alternatives for present employees. As things stand now, those who still have their jobs will be clinging onto them for dear life and those who are out of jobs will sign up for literally everything. Not exactly an environment conductive to pay increase.
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Old 4th Dec 2020, 12:00
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I'm not talking about now. I think a pilot crunch could be sooner than you think, maybe two years, plus about 6 to 12 months for that realisation to be reflected in pay. I know first hand that at least a couple of big airlines have kept their pilots on the books, not because they are feeling charitable, but because they can see a crewing shortage looming very soon. I personally think wizz will regret letting their true colours being shown.
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Old 4th Dec 2020, 15:15
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The paycuts everyone seem so eager to accept are permanent and youíll never see pay levels rise again. Especially in a non-unionised Eastern European company. Wizz will come out of this crisis stronger than ever with a workforce cheaper than ever. This of course undermines all airline jobs in Europe as everyoneís scrambling to keep up with the ultra low cost idea. Itís never-ending.
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Old 4th Dec 2020, 15:39
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Yes, a pay/demand equilibrium does require that pilots are willing to relocate - if Wizz is the only show in town, and the pilots are a captive market, then can pay whatever they want (to a point where pilots decide no longer to be pilots or relocate). But in places like Luton, there are normally many many options for pilots, and accordingly, the Wizz Luton terms were not that different to easyJet (and wizz had a much more reasonable type rating scheme)
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