Friday 23 February 2018

Ryanair is hiring cabin crew - here's how to apply, and what you could earn

'Not just a job... a lifestyle'

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 new uniform. Photo: Taine King
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Ryanair wants to carry 200 million passengers a year by 2024 - and it's searching for cabin crew to staff a growing fleet.

Recruitment partner Dalmac is seeking to fill hundreds of positions, starting with open recruitment days in Dublin on September 19 and October 17.

Successful applicants must pay for their own training and work "very hard". But they will also "play very hard!", its website says, in what is "not just a job... a lifestyle".

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

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Physically fit with a good attendance record in their current position
  • Hard working, flexible & willing to operate on a shift roster
  • Between 5'2 (1.57m) and 6'2 (1.88m) in height with weight in proportion
  • Of normal vision (contact lenses or conservative-style glasses 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

It is also an advantage, though not essential, to be experienced in dealing with the public and comfortable in a selling role.

Potential candidates can register their interest on

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

Successful applicants will be invited to interview. From there, they undergo Dalmac's six-week training course in Baldoyle, Co. Dublin - which they are expected to pay for themselves.

Charges include a registration fee of €500, and a course fee of €2,399 (if paid up front) or €2,999 (deducted from salaries over an 11-month period). 

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

Successful Ryanair applicants receive a three-year (renewable) contract with a "competitive salary" depending on where they are based in Europe, it says.

"You can typically expect to earn approximately €900 to €1,400 per month after tax in your first year at most bases," Dalmac told Travel.

Other benefits include staff travel rates and a €1,200 'new joiner's allowance' paid over six months. The holiday allowance is 1.6 days per month.

Cabin crew work a fixed rota of five days on, followed by three days off, switching between AM and PM shifts. Similar to pilots, they work 900 flying hours a year.

“We had a fantastic response in 2017 and were extremely satisfied with the very high calibre candidates we met in Ireland," says Alex Swan, Dalmac's Head of Recruitment.

Its final training course of 2017 starts on October 26.

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