EasyJet urges empty-nesters to become cabin crew

Empty loafers are being urged to consider a second career as a cabin crew, as airlines try to brush off the notion that the profession is only for young jet-setters and ease staffing woes.

Low-cost airline easyJet has launched a new recruitment drive for adults over 45 to “show a career because cabin crew is open to anyone with the right skills, regardless of age.”

It is particularly aimed at people whose children have left home or are looking for a new career later in life, after a survey indicated that more than three-quarters of empty-speaking clans were looking for a new challenge.

EasyJet said it has already seen an increase in the number of older people applying to work as flight attendants in recent years, resulting in a 27% increase in cabin crew over the age of 45 since 2018 and a 30% increase in those over the age of 60. . The last year.

However, she wants more people over the age of 45 to apply for the jobs, which have traditionally proven popular with young people after finishing college or university due to the travel involved with the job. Younger employees are usually less likely to be put off by erratic work patterns.

EasyJet’s hiring drive comes months after it was forced to cancel flights as a result of staff shortages across the sector. About 10,000 EasyJet flights were recalled over the summer.

Many of the largest airlines cut staff early in the pandemic, but are now finding it difficult to rehire them in the same numbers.

For example, British Airways said in April 2020 that it planned to cut up to 12,000 jobs from its workforce of around 42,000, and later revised this down to 10,000 jobs.

EasyJet had said early in 2020 that it was looking to cut up to 30% of its workforce, the equivalent of around 4,500 jobs, but by January 2021 it had only cut about 1,400 jobs in the UK.

Airlines are racing to hire more staff as demand for flights rebounds from Covid lows.

EasyJet said in January this year it needed more pilots, and in May the airline said it would remove back-row seats from some of its planes to allow them to fly with fewer cabin crew. It also offered all its new and existing staff a £1,000 bonus in a sign of competition among airlines for staff. The one-off payment follows a similar move by rival British Airways.

The UK is the only major economy that has seen its workforce shrink following the pandemic. Official government figures show that more than a fifth of the working-age population is either not in a job or not looking for a job, as a result of a rise in long-term illness and more people are choosing to become students instead.

The number of long-term patients approached 2.5 million in the three months through August, which is about 170,000 more than in the previous three months. The rise comes amid a record backlog in the NHS.

The workforce has also shrunk in part due to the wave of early retirement that has come along with the pandemic. Many employers are now trying to lure some of these people back into the labor market.

Hafords said on Wednesday that it is looking forward to recruiting more retirees to fill the 1,000 technical positions over the next year. It also plans to target disadvantaged women and youth in its recruitment drive. The bike and auto parts retailer said it was now hiring ahead of an expected surge in demand, as drivers repair older vehicles during the cost-of-living crisis rather than buy new ones.

Chief Executive Graham Stapleton said: “We believe there will be fewer new cars purchased, which means car parks age more quickly over the next 12 to 18 months. This will lead to more maintenance and more servicing.”

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