British Airways ‘to suspend 36,000 members of staff’ amid coronavirus crisis

British Airways ‘to suspend 36,000 members of staff’ amid coronavirus crisis

Sky News has reported this morning that British Airways is expected to suspend 36,000 members of staff as the coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge the travel industry.

 

The BBC reports that the flag carrier has reached “a broad deal” with the Unite union, with around 36,000 staff set to be suspended.

 

If the plan goes ahead, around 80% of cabin crew, ground staff, engineers and head office employees will be affected, including all staff at London City and Gatwick airports, where BA has suspended all operations.

 

Various reports have suggested staff will not be made redundant. 

 

Affected workers will most likely continue receiving some of their wages through the government’s coronavirus jobs aid package, which covers 80% of workers’ salaries, capped at £2,500 a month.

 

A spokesperson for the union said: “Unite has been working around the clock to protect thousands of jobs and to ensure the UK comes out of this unprecedented crisis with a viable aviation sector.

 

“Talks with British Airways are ongoing, and Unite’s priority is always to communicate with our members, who are very anxious at this time but who understand the work that Unite is doing to protect jobs, incomes and futures.”

 

The carrier has struck a separate deal with its 4,500 pilots, who will take two weeks’ unpaid leave in both April and May.

 

Staff who are placed on furlough are expected to receive 80% of salary capped at a maximum of £2,500 a month, under the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme.

 

A BA spokesperson said talks were continuing with Unite on Thursday. 

 

Thousands of staff within the airline industry have now been temporarily laid off or are taking unpaid leave as the aviation industry continues to take a hit amidst the Covid-19 crisis. 

 

EasyJet and Virgin are setting up schemes for thousands however, to volunteer over the next two months with the NHS or work in supermarkets.

 

EasyJet grounds all flights amid coronavirus outbreak

EasyJet grounds all flights amid coronavirus outbreak

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Roundup: Online Aviation Job Fair

Roundup: Online Aviation Job Fair

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Stockpile for success with CV Discovery

Stockpile for success with CV Discovery

We know budgets are tight at the moment and that Covid-19 has put many of you in a position where you may not be considering recruitment right now. We wouldn’t blame you – these are tough times.

While you may not be considering keeping job adverts live, we have other areas on our site that could prove useful for your recruitment strategy once you’re ready to hit the green button again. 

 

Have you tried our CV Discovery tool?

Our CV Discovery tool is set up especially for you to search for what you want. It’s a platform that allows you to search through the CVs which have been uploaded on Aviation Job Search.

The CV Discovery tool uses modern technology that resembles results from a search engine. Instead of returning exact results, like Boolean search, our intelligent system can identify similar as well as exact searches – so while you’re searching for CVs, we’re also discovering more for you. 

Exact searches are useless today – make a spelling mistake, or use the incorrect term, and what do you get back? “Oops, your search returned 0 results” – nothing. 

With our CV Discovery tool, we bring you more options, more ideas – we open up a world of more opportunity. For example, if you were to run a search on Pilot CVs, we wouldn’t just bring you back CVs with those search terms – we would bring you First Officers, Captains…do you see where we’re going with this? 

 

Why is it useful?

With our CV Discovery tool, you can:

  • Search thousands of CVs
  • Download the ones you like
  • Filter your search for specific needs
  • Get CVs by email alerts to notify you when CVs are uploaded

 

 

Comparing BOOLEAN VS CV DISCOVERY

Boolean CV Discovery
Exact match Similar/predictive match
Spelling has to be correct Forgives mistakes (finds what you are looking for)
Training needed for Boolean search Anyone can use it without training
Limited to your imagination Not limited to your imagination (advanced intelligence)
Works like coding Works like a leading search engine
Slower than the new search tech Fastest search technology available

 

Here is a simple guide on how to use CV Discovery:

 

 

 

Step 1: Know what you need

Our CV discovery tool is designed to help you find the CVs that match your needs. Simple to use with just a few steps, you can search through thousands of applications – and quality applications at that. All you need to know is exactly who or what you’re looking for.  

 

 

 

Step 2: Filter your search

If you want to whittle down your applications say, by role, and by location, this is really simple to do. Use the search bar to identify CVs with the details most important to you.

For example type in, ‘Pilot’ for ‘Job Title’ and ‘Southampton’ for ‘Location’.

This will refine your search according to the information you included, providing you with more relevant results, tailored to your needs. 

 

 

We are using more information from the candidates profile and CV than ever before to help you find the perfect candidate.

 

Step 3: Tailor your search

You can also use our advanced CV search section further down the page to search by preferred salary, key phrases, when CVs were updated, job title, aircraft type and more. The results will be more targeted. You’ll have less CVs to sift through, but the results will have the quality you require. 

 

 

Step 4: Sign up for CVs by email alerts

Covid-19 has placed a lot of pressure on the industry, but it doesn’t stop you from being busy, we can say that – so why not sign up to our CV email alerts so that you only have to check in when you know a new CV has been added that is relevant to you? Result straight to your inbox – it couldn’t be more straightforward.

 

 

Why should I use the CV discovery tool?

Here are a few reason why you should consider making use of our CV discovery tool over the next few months:

 

Stockpile your CVs 

Get ahead of the competition and get ready for the upturn in the market. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity…

Professionals are losing their jobs, and are now searching. Although we are in a time of uncertainty, we have to consider that when we do come out of the other end of this storm, there will be a long list of skilled professionals desperate for work. There is a pool of talent available on our database now, all who are waiting to be contacted about a career in aviation.

Equally, by making your jobs available on Aviation Job Search, you provide candidates the opportunity to see your brand consistently, and apply. Keep your jobs active to ensure you have enough applications to sift through when you’re ready to begin hiring.

 

Benefit from quality professionals looking for work

Quality professionals are losing their jobs – we know now isn’t the perfect time to take them on, but even if many of them have taken on key worker roles to pass the time, they will almost certainly be searching for a job more suited to their niche skill set after the impact of Covid-19 – you have the opportunity to stay ahead of the competition by speaking with these candidates first. 

 

Advanced searching capabilities

As we previously mentioned, our CV Discovery tool has advanced search settings to bring you more opportunities. Gone are the days of an ‘exact’ search producing no results – use our CV Discovery tool to fast-forward your recruitment needs now. 

 

 

We may not be as big as generic job boards, but we are niche and great at what we do. Our CV Discovery tool is technologically leaps ahead of our competitors. That’s why we really couldn’t be prouder of this tool and its capabilities, and we think that using it during the current situation the country is facing could ensure you have a strong list of candidates to hire, when you’re ready to get back to recruiting. 

We’re offering the use of our CV discovery tool to new customers today from £5 per CV download when you pay as you go, and if you’d prefer to pay up front, we’re offering £3 per CV download (minimum 100 download purchased).* 

 

Want to take advantage of this special offer? All you have to do is contact us now on: 01772 639 605 to discuss a tailored package. Or email us at: recruiting@aviationjobsearch.com. 

Alternatively, you can visit our recruitment page too.

*Offer for new customers joining from 1st April 2020 only.

 

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Stockpile for success with CV Discovery

Stockpile for success with CV Discovery

We know budgets are tight at the moment and that Covid-19 has put many of you in a position where you may not be considering recruitment right now. We wouldn’t blame you - these are tough times. While you may not be considering keeping job adverts live, we have other...

EasyJet grounds all flights amid coronavirus outbreak

EasyJet grounds all flights amid coronavirus outbreak

EasyJet grounded its entire fleet of aircraft this morning as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

The Luton-based airline’s portfolio of 344 planes will remain on the ground, which is said to “remove significant cost” while the aviation industry struggles to cope with a collapse in demand.

 

The company has worked with union Unite to agree two-month furlough arrangements for cabin crew which means that crew will be paid 80% of their average pay through the Government job retention scheme. The deal will be effective from Wednesday.

 

In a statement, the airline said: “As a result of the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns across many European countries, EasyJet has, today, fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft.”

 

The budget carrier completed its final rescue flight on Sunday, adding that there can be “no certainty of the date for the restarting flights.” 

 

“Over recent days EasyJet has been helping to repatriate customers, having operated more than 650 rescue flights to date, returning home more than 45,000 customers.

 

“The last of these rescue flights were operated on Sunday March 29. We will continue to work with government bodies to operate additional rescue flights as requested.

 

“At this stage there can be no certainty of the date for restarting commercial flights. We will continuously evaluate the situation based on regulations and demand, and will update the market when we have a view.”

 

EasyJet said on Monday that the decision to ground its planes “removes significant cost” – adding that the group “maintains a strong balance sheet”.

 

The airline said it had worked “collaboratively” with the Unite union to reach the deal over cabin crew.

 

The arrangement, effective from Wednesday, will see staff paid 80% of their average wage through the government’s job retention scheme for two months.

 

Chief executive, Johan Lundgren, said: “I am extremely proud of the way in which people across easyJet have given their absolute best at such a challenging time, including so many crew who have volunteered to operate rescue flights to bring our customers home.

 

“We are working tirelessly to ensure that easyJet continues to be well positioned to overcome the challenges of coronavirus.”

 

The news comes as EasyJet cabin crew could join doctors and nurses in staffing the new Nightingale hospitals built to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the NHS has said.

 

EasyJet staff have been invited to volunteer at the new 4,000-bed clinic being built at the Excel centre in east London, and those planned in Birmingham and Manchester.

 

Their salaries will continue to be paid by EasyJet. 

 

Image: EasyJet media centre

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EasyJet grounds all flights amid coronavirus outbreak

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Roundup: Online Aviation Job Fair

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Ex-Flybe First Officer George celebrates positive experience at airline

Ex-Flybe First Officer George celebrates positive experience at airline

In a special blog post, we’re joined by George who wanted to share with us his experience as a First Officer for Flybe. Following the collapse, George wanted to ensure the Flybe name lived on, and encourage all of his Flybe family to keep pushing for success in their careers.

 

What was your official position at Flybe?

I was a First Officer (often referred to as a ‘Co-pilot’), flying the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft, a fleet size of which we had 54.

 

How long had you worked at Flybe for?

I had worked at Flybe for just over 7 months, I started my Type Rating course with them in August 2019. I passed my simulator training in September and was successful on my initial Final Line Check in early November.

 

How was your experience coming up through the ranks at this airline?

I had been working to achieve my ambition of being an airline pilot for 8 years, I had finally achieved it. I was only with the company a short time before they entered administration and ceased trading. Literally just days before this happened I voluntarily attended an event at Glasgow Airport on behalf
of the company and gave a presentation on stage along with our Head of Pilot Management in front of over 400 people. As a result of doing this, I was nominated to become a “Brand Ambassador” for Virgin Connect, (a position which I was told was only going to be open to a select set of 10 people
out of the approximately 2000 employees and 600 pilots) this is something I was incredibly excited about.

 

First Officer George

You told me you had a great time working at Flybe, what did you enjoy about it?

I enjoyed the professionalism and responsibility of being an airline pilot. It gave me a sense of belonging that I’ve never had before and it was genuinely like being part of one big family. I was excited about going in every single day and never regarded it as ‘work’. There was no such thing as a normal day, every day and flight was different even if you were flying the same route for 4 sectors.

 

 

What’s your most memorable moment from working here?

There were lots of memorable moments, for me, the best one has to be the first-ever time I flew the real aircraft for base training which consisted of doing 6 takeoffs and landings in total and flying from Newquay to Birmingham. To get to fly a real airliner was something that I had always dreamt of doing and I couldn’t believe that I was actually doing it. It just felt surreal. I will also never forget my first fare-paying passenger flight where I was PF (Pilot Flying) from Southampton to Edinburgh.

 

Where’s the most fascinating place you spent time in while flying with Flybe?

Personally, I really enjoyed flying into the bigger airports, places such as Heathrow (where there was the opportunity for frequent nightstops), Amsterdam Schiphol as well as Paris Charles De Gaulle. I also spent a few weeks in the city of Belfast and Southampton as well as a couple of days being
based out of Glasgow. But I really enjoyed living in Edinburgh where I moved to for the job, it is such a vibrant, beautiful and historic place.

 

As an experienced pilot, what skills do you think are the most crucial at present?

Over the years through studies of Crew Resource Management it has been shown that ‘nontechnical skills’ are also an important aspect of being a pilot in the modern day multi-crew environment. This is something which is discussed in great depth during training of Human Performance and during an MCC course. Good communication and teamwork skills are absolutely essential for this role. But you should also have a passion for good customer service, a high level of motivation, professional attitude, good situational awareness and workload management.

 

Obviously the company is no longer operating, can you speak to that and tell me what you’ll miss most about working at Flybe?

Well, I’ll definitely miss the flying, especially the good old Dash 8 – it’s such a quirky and unique aeroplane with lots of character and I was starting to get rather comfortable with it. I will also miss the fantastic crews who I got to work with and sincerely hope that I will bump into many of them somewhere else in the future one day.

 

You’re looking for work at the moment like many of your ex-co-workers, what would you say to encourage them to keep going?

All I can say is that we’ve got to try and remain positive, hopefully, the aviation industry will recover from this unprecedented crisis and recruitment will pick up again. It could take months or it might take years but when everything is back to normal and the general public feels confident enough to begin travelling again the regions of the UK will still need to be better connected (despite HS2) and people will still want to go on holidays abroad.

 

Like many ex-Flybe employees, George is now looking for work, to continue his career as a pilot for a large airline and is open to chatting with recruiters at Aviation Job Search now.

3 ways to power remote processes for hiring and onboarding

3 ways to power remote processes for hiring and onboarding

As the coronavirus continues to keep everyone at home, it can make hiring and onboarding difficult with the suspension of physical contact.

Since we don’t know how long we’ll be stuck in this situation, recruiters will need to identify other, more creative ways to hire and onboard employees along with other operational issues. So how can you do that?

 

Virtual career fairs

Did you attend our virtual job fair on Friday 20th March? In today’s quarantine world, these events allow companies to meet with job seekers, without having to physically gather a crowd. Employers have the chance to take their career fair to every participant’s space, virtually.    

The virtual setting mimics the feel of a physical event, minus the typical restrictions you might face at a physical one.

 

Here are some of the benefits to holding a virtual career fair:

  • Higher visitor attendance: Given the amount of people who are at home right now, joining a virtual fair requires them to do very little, except log in to the event online. Because attendance is so simple, you’ll see a much higher participation rate. It removes all time and constraints.
  • Easy exchange of information: No paper needed, the career fairs allow employees to provide candidates with company videos, FAQs and brochures – which also provides for much cheaper events preparation, like avoiding printing costs for materials.
  • Uncompromised employer branding: Brand your company to a global audience with the help of branded custom virtual booths
  • Increased employer-candidate engagement: You have the added benefit of using live text, audio and video chat, giving you the ability to interact with potential employees for an improved and effective analysis from across the world. Similarly, job seekers can have discussions and schedule meetings with company representatives for any or all sorts of queries. 
  • Measurable results: You have the ability to monitor your event with real time reporting and measure your ROI with detailed reports at the end of the event.

 

Want a sneak peek? Here’s an insight into the job fair we held:

 

Considering holding a virtual fair? Click the button below for more information from our official providers, VFairs:

 

Video assessment

Do you find setting up calls, coordinating meetings, and aligning follow ups with candidates time-consuming? Then video assessments could give you back some valuable time.

Gather all of your candidates on one platform and streamline a standardised procedure for them to follow – guaranteed to save you precious time and allow you to better assess the results with tools like Evalufy, a video assessment platform that helps you measure candidates against your benchmarks through customised assessments, video responses and collaborative scoring.

Not only does this free up some of your time that is probably now spent trying to combat the issues arising off the back of covid-19, it makes your hiring process much more effective.

 

Virtual on-boarding fair

Everyday processes such as onboarding new employees were also one of the many things disrupted due to the spell of coronavirus. While existing employers might still be aware of the regular protocols, new and motivated joiners might find themselves without an understanding, as a result of the lack of transitioning due to physical interaction. 

Hosting a Virtual Onboarding Fair can help you welcome and train new employees remotely, ensuring your processes, and their tasks are unaffected by the remote work conditions. 

 

Benefits of using Virtual Onboarding Fairs:

  • Get employees to register for the event and easily log in with their employee ID and password
  • Allow employees to navigate through a range of on boring processes to chose the booths that carry necessary information, as well as access help desks at all times
  • Provide employees with documents, videos, brochures, presentations and all necessary forms
  • Allow managers to engage with new teams using live webinars
  • Allow the training staff to interact with employers using text/audio/video chat
  • Measure the ROI of your event with detailed reports

Speak to our official distributors at V Fairs about running this with your company.

Stockpile for success with CV Discovery

Stockpile for success with CV Discovery

We know budgets are tight at the moment and that Covid-19 has put many of you in a position where you may not be considering recruitment right now. We wouldn’t blame you - these are tough times. While you may not be considering keeping job adverts live, we have other...