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Old 26th Dec 2022, 09:10
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Has VS changed so much? I知 ready for the command at the blue/yellow LCC but the management here is so toxic that I知 willing to leave the upgrade to move elsewhere.

Only thing slightly holding me back would be the money once captain and the roster pattern. Ok maybe the chance of a regional base but that ain稚 too much of a priority (no kids etc).

From reading this thread sounds like I知 better off staying where I am which says a lot about VS.
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Old 26th Dec 2022, 09:44
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And bunk time is split equally across the pilots. Relief goes first that’s all and gets a nap at the end.
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Old 26th Dec 2022, 12:49
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Could anyone tell me the latest package for a new joiner FO full time, realistic monthly salary, average sector pay and pension etc, thanks
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Old 26th Dec 2022, 13:08
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Try post #172 for starters.
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Originally Posted by Essex lad
Has VS changed so much? I知 ready for the command at the blue/yellow LCC but the management here is so toxic that I知 willing to leave the upgrade to move elsewhere.

Only thing slightly holding me back would be the money once captain and the roster pattern. Ok maybe the chance of a regional base but that ain稚 too much of a priority (no kids etc).

From reading this thread sounds like I知 better off staying where I am which says a lot about VS.
5/4 roster pattern, low CoL area and a decent wedge. Chop all that in for a spot at the bottom of a seniority list which is nailed by all accounts to a ship that is at the very least filling with water? You壇 be mad.
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Old 27th Dec 2022, 08:52
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5/4 roster pattern, low CoL area and a decent wedge. Chop all that in for a spot at the bottom of a seniority list which is nailed by all accounts to a ship that is at the very least filling with water? You壇 be mad.

Agreed , also if I was in your shoes I wouldn稚 go to BA LH either . Trust me the grass is certainly not greener!
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Old 27th Dec 2022, 09:56
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Agreed , also if I was in your shoes I wouldn稚 go to BA LH either . Trust me the grass is certainly not greener!
That depends on many variables.

Virgin I wouldn稚 touch. Certainly not this SO gig even as FO, you never know how long before they need to lay guys/gals off.

BA LH has a lot more benefits compared to RYR even if you are LHS.
As I said in other places here the only benefit of RYR is 5 on 4 off and possibly quick command year 1 and 2 of command is reduced salary.

The salary quoted at RYR includes pension and allowance to pay for your own medical, LOL, etc. No pay increase at RYR every year like at BA. 10 years time you want part time or other at BA you have that option. RYR no way. Might do it over winter but unlikely. Why are so many leaving RYR? Rumours are a 1000 working notices.

If you live within 1 hr of LHR BA passenger Ops is the best option IMO.

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Old 27th Dec 2022, 12:46
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Originally Posted by AIMINGHIGH123
BA LH has a lot more benefits compared to RYR even if you are LHS.
By the time you reach BA LHS LH, you've lost so much pay by staying put in RYR LHS that the benefits are almost negligible. If I compare to Virgin pay, changing from RYR LHS to Virgin would mean 15 years of wait to get to the same pay as I'm on today. If you compound, it's almost half-mil lost, and the option to retire earlier also lost. Even if BA pay is much better than Virgin, it is still a big dent. By the time you get to the top of LH payscale, you'll be tired and possibly fed-up of the life style. If you are young and no commitments, BA is a no-brainer. If you are past your 30's, it might not be that straightforward.

Originally Posted by AIMINGHIGH123
As I said in other places here the only benefit of RYR is 5 on 4 off and possibly quick command year 1 and 2 of command is reduced salary.
Maybe times have changed or it is just me, but I definitely value being back at home every night and not live out of a suitcase. No kids for me, I would think someone who has kids would even value this more.

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The salary quoted at RYR includes pension and allowance to pay for your own medical, LOL, etc.
Agreed, but only a fool would consider the pension as part of their pay package and not as a benefit. As far as I see it, the pension in fact reduces my income. If I don't contribute, RYR won't either. The benefit of contributing is RYR matching and enjoying that money when you retire.

Originally Posted by AIMINGHIGH123
No pay increase at RYR every year like at BA. 10 years time you want part time or other at BA you have that option. RYR no way. Might do it over winter but unlikely.
Not true, there are pay increases across the network. Whether they are meaningful or not in the current economic climate it's another story. The problem with the way RYR approaches this is they can take it or add as management please. During times of demand, they'll increase, during times of weakness, they'll take it away. However the stark reality is that any operator will adjust to this - COVID wasn't that long time ago and I don't know any operator that didn't reduce pay and/or made people redundant.

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Why are so many leaving RYR? Rumours are a 1000 working notices.
Yes, loads leaving at the moment, mainly UK as at the moment it is a niche market (immigration and licence restrictions due to Brexit), but the majority are FOs and not CPT.

Originally Posted by AIMINGHIGH123
If you live within 1 hr of LHR BA passenger Ops is the best option IMO.
But if you don't... That's another downside of BA. Not everyone lives or likes London.

At the end of the day, it is horses for courses. It really depends what are your current circumstances, of what you want in life now and in the future.
10 years ago I would have joined Virgin in a heartbeat without even considering BA, let alone RYR.

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Old 27th Dec 2022, 13:03
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Originally Posted by plikee

At the end of the day, it is horses for courses. It really depends what are your current circumstances, of what you want in life now and in the future.
10 years ago I have joined Virgin in a heartbeat without even considering BA, let alone RYR.
I think this is key, and it applies to those considering Virgin as much as to any other airline currently recruiting in the U.K.

It depends on your personal circumstances, and these vary enormously from one person to the next. It also depends on what your priorities are : maximising income above all else/quickest route to command or lifestyle / not having to commute (or some sort of compromise)etc.

I smile when I see these posts singing a particular airline痴 praises coupled with a complete inability to understand why anyone could possibly want to work anywhere else.

As an example, there are now a significant number of people entering the profession who have had a previous career, and have been in the fortunate position to now pursue their boyhood dream of flying. They might not give a stuff about command (they might not get it before they retire anyway) or not reaching the top pay point at airline X. For others, these things will be very relevant .it all depends.



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Old 27th Dec 2022, 14:33
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Originally Posted by plikee
By the time you reach BA LHS LH, you've lost so much pay by staying put in RYR LHS that the benefits are almost negligible. If I compare to Virgin pay, changing from RYR LHS to Virgin would mean 15 years of wait to get to the same pay as I'm on today. If you compound, it's almost half-mil lost, and the option to retire earlier also lost. Even if BA pay is much better than Virgin, it is still a big dent. By the time you get to the top of LH payscale, you'll be tired and possibly fed-up of the life style. If you are young and no commitments, BA is a no-brainer. If you are past your 30's, it might not be that straightforward.

Not true, there are pay increases across the network. Whether they are meaningful or not in the current economic climate it's another story. The problem with the way RYR approaches this is they can take it or add as management please. During times of demand, they'll increase, during times of weakness, they'll take it away. However the stark reality is that any operator will adjust to this - COVID wasn't that long time ago and I don't know any operator that didn't reduce pay and/or made people redundant.
I crunched the number with my mate loads on this. I have seen his payslips you won稚 be losing as much as you think depending on when you jump.
He is FO year 2 his minimum take home a month is 」4600. 1 trip overtime and he netted nearly 」2k on top of that. Add in the 15% company pension plus the ability to travel on BA network for very little. Yes he actually gets less days off a month but he isn稚 as tired. 5 days on at RYR through summer is hard work landing 1-4am on your first day off technically multiple times wipes you out.

Regarding pay rise RYR you might or might not get a pay rise. BA 」3k a pay rise every year with the current pay deal.

I had the same thoughts as you about BA. After sitting down with my mate cards on the table the benefits add up. At BA It痴 not as big a difference as you make out. Even coming down to mortgage the bank wouldn稚 consider all of my RYR salary. Base plus half the duty pay. Instantly missing out on a leverage opportunity. Makes a massive difference.
Virgin I don稚 actually know anyone close enough at Virgin to get the exact figures I have seen a couple of rosters and they do not look nice.
LHS RYR to Virgin doesn稚 sound very good. Even RHS to SO position would be a bad move IMO.
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Old 27th Dec 2022, 19:46
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Does anyone could shed some light on the sim assessment profile? I am going to do it next week.


Thanks.
You should receive a briefing pack from Jet masterclass. All Raw data flying, SID, some general handling; steepnturns, climbs, descents, then some kind of issue, either engine flame out or medical emergency, leading to decision/NITS/P.A. and ILS approach. Fairly straight forward. Don稚 be rushed into the approach.
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Old 27th Dec 2022, 22:10
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Does anyone happen to know the full assessment run down? I've got to complete the psychometric assessment next. Just wondering what's next? Many thanks
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Has anyone heard back since doing the online assesments?
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Old 3rd Jan 2023, 15:18
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Does anyone happen to know the full assessment run down? I've got to complete the psychometric assessment next. Just wondering what's next? Many thanks

it痴 all the posts above ⬆️
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Old 7th Jan 2023, 13:59
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Originally Posted by AIMINGHIGH123
Add in the 15% company pension
I know someone that told me she withdrew her application to Virgin for a few reasons, the biggest of which was that the pension contribution is now reduced to 10% for those joining from this round of recruitment.
Perhaps she was premature if pension hasn稚 been reduced to 10%.
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I know someone that told me she withdrew her application to Virgin for a few reasons, the biggest of which was that the pension contribution is now reduced to 10% for those joining from this round of recruitment.
Perhaps she was premature if pension hasn稚 been reduced to 10%.
She must have been very on the fence then. That痴 basically a 5% pay cut (ish) which was enough to make her not consider.

Though given what痴 been said already, may have just been the last straw.
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Originally Posted by VariablePitchP
She must have been very on the fence then. That痴 basically a 5% pay cut (ish) which was enough to make her not consider.

Though given what痴 been said already, may have just been the last straw.
I saw they are now trying to hire cheap 2nd Officers through the Zenon ....
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And Senior First Officers by the looks of it. They have relaxed their hours requirement as well.
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Old 9th Jan 2023, 19:14
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And Senior First Officers by the looks of it. They have relaxed their hours requirement as well.

they are not getting enough applicants I wonder why ?
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Apparently people haven’t been turning up for their conversion courses recently. Maybe received a better offer (BA, J2 etc.)
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