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Old 1st Aug 2022, 15:28
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FO/SFO

Apologies if it's been asked before. Can anyone clarify the difference between the FO/SFO payscales? Do you enter direct as SFO if experienced with certain amount of jet hours? Or does everyone enter on FO1 now?

Thanks for sharing info guys.
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Old 1st Aug 2022, 18:02
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Originally Posted by iburnthings
Apologies if it's been asked before. Can anyone clarify the difference between the FO/SFO payscales? Do you enter direct as SFO if experienced with certain amount of jet hours? Or does everyone enter on FO1 now?

Thanks for sharing info guys.

Over 2,500 hours= SFO
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 13:46
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I've had the prescreening phone interview with Zenon, they're not hiring SFOs. Regardless of hours, the contract on offer is around FO2 on the payscale above. Apparently that is "base pay" but they had no details on flight pay or pension.
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 14:00
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So the second year would be SFO3?
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 14:14
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Originally Posted by ser
I've had the prescreening phone interview with Zenon, they're not hiring SFOs. Regardless of hours, the contract on offer is around FO2 on the payscale above. Apparently that is "base pay" but they had no details on flight pay or pension.
This seems a little shortsighted, considering the options out there at the moment. And also that they were recruiting SFOs pre-covid.
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 14:24
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Originally Posted by midnight cruiser
So the second year would be SFO3?
No, not sure what the scale is now, they said the current offer was ~£65k, I imagine that is the latest FO1 rate. I have over 4000 hours and they said it's the same offer regardless of hours. Worth noting that they also offer medical/LOL/dental/critical illness/travel insurance in the package.
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 14:31
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Is that figure all in? Or with variable/flight pay on top?
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 14:36
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Originally Posted by iburnthings
Is that figure all in? Or with variable/flight pay on top?
I think someone working at Virgin would have to clarify that. I asked the question and he said that 65k was just the base pay but he had no details regarding flight pay or pension yet.
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 16:25
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65K is FO1 pay scale. To reach Sfo Pay scale its 2 years.

65k is all in, no flight pay to go on top.
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 17:19
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Originally Posted by ser
I've had the prescreening phone interview with Zenon, they're not hiring SFOs. Regardless of hours, the contract on offer is around FO2 on the payscale above. Apparently that is "base pay" but they had no details on flight pay or pension.
Are you happy to give any insight as to what the pre-screening interview consisted of? Thanks

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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 20:58
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Originally Posted by ppljames
Are you happy to give any insight as to what the pre-screening interview consisted of? Thanks
For myself, it was a half an hour phone call, a very friendly guy, and the usual questions:
- "Why Virgin?", "why do you want to leave your current role" etc.,
- They run through your CV and check your hours are correct.
- The last section is where it's different, they ask you a few questions that are related to Virgin's new marketing campaign of inclusivity and being yourself. "Behavioural evaluation" I think they call it.
- If you've passed the initial screening and they've sent you the two emails with attachments, in the born-to-fly document if you go down to the "Our Values" page, this is probably the best prep material, it felt like they were looking for answers that aligned with company values.

From memory, I was asked these questions which led to more questions based on my answers.

"What is the difference between inclusivity and diversity?"
"How is diversity good in a team?"
"How does a diverse crew affect the customer experience?"
"As a First Officer, how would you go above and beyond for Virgin Atlantic?"
"Virgin wants to be everyone's favourite airline, how would you go about presenting that to customers in your day-to-day career"
One Scenario-based question, I got "Aircraft change, ATC slot, the captain wants to skip the briefing as done before on the previous aircraft, what are the considerations and what would you do?"
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Old 3rd Aug 2022, 21:49
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You got asked this on the screening call ?
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Old 4th Aug 2022, 07:08
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Originally Posted by Cavallier
You got asked this on the screening call ?
If you meet the requirements, they will call you to arrange a telephone interview. The above was asked during that telephone interview. This is phase two of five of their selection process, labelled "Zenon Pre-Screen Telephone Interview & Behavioural/Performance based evaluation"
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I’ve read in a previous thread that they have used cut-e psychometric tests in the past. Does anyone know if this is still the case?
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Old 4th Aug 2022, 09:34
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Someone delete the table?
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Old 11th Aug 2022, 11:29
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Originally Posted by Hueymeister
Someone delete the table?

The pay scales? They're on page 1. I believe all the numbers need +4% due to the new pay deal.
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Old 11th Aug 2022, 15:53
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I read in a recent BALPA email that improved scheduling was voted on and agreed as part of the VS pay deal. Can anyone shed light on the improvements? I presume the return of 700 hours wasn’t on the cards
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Old 13th Aug 2022, 08:43
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Has everybody who applies heard back? I applied shortly after it opened, meet all the requirements etc but nothing heard yet.
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Old 13th Aug 2022, 08:56
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Think they’re still working their way through the pre-covid hold pool. Someone I know who was in that pool just had his interview, sim ride and job offer this week.
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Old 13th Aug 2022, 10:13
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What is the Psychometric Assessment like? Are they essentially Cut E tests?

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