With an ever increasing requirement for pilots in a constantly evolving and competitive job market, Ryanair’s recruitment strategy is still in full swing. It is estimated Ryanair will take around 800 cadets from integrated flight schools such as CAE Oxford, CTC and FTE Jerez this year alone.
At present cadets can expect to pay around 29,500 euro for their type rating, upon completion of which they can expect to start flying for Ryanair on contracts with agencies such as McGinley Aviation and Storm Aviation. This method of pilot recruitment has been Ryanair’s modus operandi for many years now and has served them well; they have a high type rating pass rate and a good safety record.
Ryanair, like many other low cost carriers across the UK and Europe is now beginning to feel the pinch as the ongoing industry boom is seeing many of their more experienced pilots jumping ship to other airlines; the recent British Airways recruitment drive, coupled with opportunities in the Middle East has attracted a great number of the Irish carrier’s pilots, leaving them with a large demand for pilots.
The recent increase in pilot demand has pushed the airline to think about offering experienced, non-type-rated pilots a five year training bond on the 737NG to fill their hiring requirements. Whilst this has not yet been launched on a large scale it could be something to look out for in the near future and could see some of the first direct-entry pilots entering Ryanair from smaller operators to whom the airline has been a closed door for a long time. Ryanair expects the majority of its applicants to such a scheme to come from turboprop operators who are looking to transition onto a jet. It has been rumoured that Ryanair’s Irish rival, Aer Lingus will see pilots from their regional operation, currently operated by Stobart Air begin to make the move over to the Dublin-based giant over the next 12 months.
With almost 400 aircraft and many more on order, Ryanair’s hunger for new pilots is unlikely to wane in the near future. With lots of flying on modern jets to offer, bases all across Europe and a quick progression to the left seat, Ryanair is proving a formidable choice for both Ab-Initio and experienced pilots.