Ryanair is – just as easyJet – a low-cost carrier. However, there are still major differences between both companies. At Ryanair -for example – you have to pay for your own training course and there are no free drinks or snanks provided during the flight (you have to bring your own food and drinks). On the other hand, Ryanair´s rosters / schedules are rather stable, which makes making plans a lot easier. Also good to know, is that you will not start with a Ryanair contract, but with a contract with an external company. Ryanair´s working conditions are not the best in the industry, but for some it will be just the right start for a prospective career as a cabin crew.
After completing your initial training course, you will receive a fixed term contract of a maximum of three years with an external company. This company will also take care of your initial training course. After a minimum of one year, you might be able to sign a contract with Ryanair itself. This often happens at the same time of your promotion as Cabin Crew Supervisor (CCS).
1. Cabin Crew
After a minimum of 1 year:
2. Cabin Crew Supervisor (No1)
Salary / Wage:
Starting Cabin Crew after tax: around €1200-€1500.
This salary highly depends on your actual flying hours. When you are on standby (without flying) a lot or are sick for some time, you might earn less than €1000.
Ryanair contract Cabin Crew Supervisor after tax: €1500-€2000.
When you are working on a Ryanair contract, your basic salary will be higher. Therefore, being on standby or being sick, will not result into a substantially lower salary.
Ryanair has a large number of bases. Depending on your availability and language skills, you might be based in London, Madrid, Rome or many other cities across Europe. The difference with easyJet is that you are not able to choose your base. You might hand in your preference, however the actual decision is made by Ryanair. At some point, you might ask for a transfer to another base, however waiting lists can be rather long. Another difference with easyJet is that you only need to speak English, no matter where you are based.
Where you will stay after your working day:
You always return back to your home base, which means that you always sleep in your own bed.
Roster / Schedule:
Your roster is very stable. You mostly fly on a 5-2, 5-3 schedule. This means that you fly for 5 days, then have 2 days off, then fly for 5 days and have 3 days off afterwards. After that, the cycle will start again. In between you will have standby days, as well at home as at the airport
Internal Initial Training Course:
– 6 weeks
– You have to pay for your training yourself. The amount depends on the external company that offers the training course, but will be around €2000. This amount does not have to be paid immediately in full, but will be subtracted from the salary during the first months.