Tuesday 27 September 2016

Ryanair is hiring 'hundreds' of cabin crew - here's what you need to apply

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Published 08/09/2016 | 01:00

Ryanair cabin crew model the airline's new uniforms. Photo: Taine King
Ryanair cabin crew model the airline's new uniforms. Photo: Taine King
Ryanair's cabin crew training centre in Hahn, Frankfurt. Photo: Crewlink.ie
Ryanair's new uniform. Photo: Taine King

Ryanair has launched a major recruitment drive to fill "hundreds" of cabin crew positions in Ireland.

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Bored with the 9-to-5? Need your career to take-off?

Ryanair wants you. With 315 Boeing 737s on order and some 116 million passengers predicted this year, the airline is redoubling efforts to recruit staff.

In the coming weeks, recruitment days are being managed in Ireland by Crewlink and Dalmac, Ryanair's official recruitment partners, in Dublin (September 9 & 30), Cork (September 23 & October 9) and Belfast (September 15).

No previous cabin crew experience is required, but applicants need to fulfill several basic criteria to attend. According to the recruiters, they should be:

  • Experienced in dealing with the public
  • Comfortable in a selling role
  • Physically fit with a good attendance record in their current position
  • Hard working, flexible & willing to operate on a shift roster
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Between 5'2 (1.57m) and 6'2 (1.88m) in height with weight in proportion
  • Of normal vision (contact lenses acceptable)
  • Able to swim at least 20m unaided
  • Hold a valid EU passport
  • Have the right to work in both the UK and Ireland
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken)
  • Ready to deal with customers in demanding situations
  • Friendly and outgoing with a fun personality

Interested candidates can apply online with Dalmac (01 843-7127; dalmac.ie) or Crewlink (01 895-2065; crewlink.ie).

Successful applicants will be invited to interview. From there, they undergo six weeks training in Hahn, Frankfurt - which they are expected to pay for themselves.

Charges include a registration fee of €500, a course fee of €2,199 and accommodation costs of €700, according to Crewlink's website.

Other airlines, such as British Airways and Aer Lingus, do not charge candidates for training - in fact, they pay a basic salary during courses.

However, Crewlink says crew will receive "a competitive remuneration package including staff travel rates and a career full of travel, adventure and culture."

Ryanair's cabin crew training centre in Hahn, Frankfurt. Photo: Crewlink.ie
Ryanair's cabin crew training centre in Hahn, Frankfurt. Photo: Crewlink.ie

Ryanair cabin crew "can typically expect to earn approximately €1,100-€1,400 per month after tax in your first year at most bases," Dalmac adds.

Cabin crew work a fixed rota of five days on, three days off, rotating between early and late shifts each week. Up to three months unpaid leave are available per year.

Crewlink and Dalmac are both part of Nobox HR, an Irish-owned business providing HR services in aviation, medical, hospitality, IT and transportation.

Ryanair is growing at a rapid clip, and with summer 2017 schedules for numerous destinations announced, recruitment shows no signs of slowing down.

"We have always been impressed by Irish applicants,” the airline says.

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