Airline easyJet has announced 330 permanent jobs for pilots this year across all of its 11 UK bases. The new posts will be in Gatwick, Southend, Luton, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Belfast.
Initially, priority will be given to pilots employed by easyJet’s aviation training partners, CTC Aviation and Parc, who are already gaining experience as pilots with easyJet. This means that the positions will not be filled by 330 directly recruited pilots, but converted from pilots who are already flying on existing contracts with the airline.
The airline states that it expects to be creating new permanent roles in both 2013 and 2014 and will also consider applications from pilots with appropriate experience.
The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has denounced the job announcement, stating that the action is the result of sustained criticism of how the airline treats its contract pilots. Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, said, ‘easyJet has been dragged kicking and screaming by BALPA into offering a permanent contract to some of its growing casual pilot workforce.
‘Despite the spin in today’s easyJet announcement, this “take-it-or-leave-it” contract is being denounced by pilots across easyJet.
‘BALPA’s campaign for a decent contract for all easyJet pilots – one which does not exploit the enthusiasm and desperation of young cadets – will continue both publicly and industrially.’