Sunday 18 February 2018

Ryanair is hiring 2,000 cabin crew - here's what you need to apply

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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:
Ryanair's new uniform. Photo: Taine King
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Ryanair has launched a massive recruitment drive to fill some 2,000 cabin crew positions in Ireland and Europe.

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

Ryanair wants you. With 315 Boeing 737s on order and some 200 million passengers expected by 2024, the airline is redoubling efforts to recruit staff.

Recruitment days are being managed in Ireland by Crewlink and Dalmac, Ryanair's official recruitment partners, in Dublin on December 7 and 20.

A third Irish date is scheduled for Belfast on December 1.

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 Crewlink (01 895-2065; or Dalmac (01 843-7127;

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.

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

However, successful applicants will receive "a highly competitive package" including a three-year contract, staff travel rates and a €1,200 'new joiner's allowance', according to Andrew Swan, General Manager with Crewlink.

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.

"We have always been impressed by Irish applicants,” Ryanair has said.

NB: This article has been updated to reflect new recruitment dates.

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