Major Ryanair recruitment drive to add 3,500 jobs
06 October 2016 08:06
Ryanair is to create more than 3,500 new jobs next year, including pilots and cabin crew
Ryanair will recruit more than 3,500 staff next year, including pilots and cabin crew, as it plans to add 50 new aircraft to its fleet.
The Irish carrier says the major recruitment drive will see it take on 2,000 new cabin crew, 1,000 pilots and 250 aircraft engineers.
Growth could be outside the UK
Ryanair does not say how many of the roles will be based in the UK, having warned in July that it will "pivot" growth away from UK airports after the Brexit vote and house its 50 new aircraft outside Britain.
The group says only that recruitment would be "spread throughout Ryanair's 84-base European network".
Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has been an outspoken critic of Brexit, warning earlier this month that airlines are delaying investment decisions in the UK until there is more clarity on negotiations over the UK's exit from the EU.
However, the airline later confirmed a number of engineering jobs will be created in Glasgow Prestwick Airport and some cabin crew posts at its 13 UK airport bases.
Recruitment drive will boost aircraft numbers
Ryanair's initial recruitment plans come as part of a wider aim to boost its aircraft numbers from 355 to more than 500 in the next five years, which will see it hire more than 5,000 extra staff.
Next year's hiring spree will also see new posts created in IT, sales and marketing, finance and commercial divisions at the airline's Dublin office - and also at its Travel Labs Poland subsidiary in Wroclaw.
Eddie Wilson, chief people officer at Ryanair, said: "2017 is set to be our busiest recruitment year to date, and we are continuing to invest heavily in talent for the future."
Its announcement comes as traffic figures show Ryanair flew 13% more customer year-on-year in September, some 10.8 million passengers.
The group's load factor - a key measure of how well it fills its planes - edged up to 95% last month from 94% a year earlier.
It expects average fares to drop by between 10% to 12% over the next six months.
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