EasyJet is looking for over 45s to hire cabin crew | easyJet

Airline easyJet has launched a recruitment drive inviting over-45s to join its crew as companies work out new strategies to recruit staff in the UK amid a shortage of workers.

The airline said it has seen a 27% increase in crew aged 45 and over over the past four years, including a 30% increase in over-60s in the past year.

The new campaign targets “empty nesters” – those parents whose children have left home – and workers looking for a new career challenge later in life.

It follows research by the British carrier which revealed that more than 78% of UK adults over 45 said they would like a new challenge once their children had left home.

More than half (58%) said they were more excited about starting a new career, the results of a survey of 2,000 people showed.

Neil Brown, 59, has followed his 29-year-old daughter Holly Schauble into a cabin crew career as easyJet launches a new recruitment drive encouraging parents with older children and the over-50s to apply for roles with the airline.
Neil Brown, 59, followed his 29-year-old daughter Holly Sauble into a cabin crew career with easyJet. Photo: Matt Alexander/PA

The industry has faced serious recruitment problems since the pandemic, causing long queues at airports, flight delays, cancellations and misplaced luggage over the summer.

During the airport chaos in July, easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren criticized the government’s refusal to allow more visas for EU cabin crew and ground staff, saying ministers had not responded positively to industry requests to relax the rules. to fill important roles.

In August, Michael O’Leary, the boss of rival Ryanair, said Britain’s exit from the EU had damaged recruitment in the airline industry and “was a disaster for the free movement of labor and one of the real challenges facing the UK economy’.

This week Charlie Cornish, chief executive of MAG, which owns Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports, said there was “no doubt” that Brexit had damaged the UK economy and “massively worsened » staff recruitment problems.

UK companies are struggling to find employees, partly because of changes to the workforce after Covid-19, such as more people with long-term illness, but also because of the end of free movement for EU citizens, who lost the automatic right to work in the UK after Brexit.

The easyJet cabin crew move comes after Halfords launched a recruitment drive for 1,000 new technician roles over the next 12 months, targeting retirees. He also wants to increase the number of women in technical positions.

In August, the chair of the John Lewis Partnership, Dame Sharon White, said there wasn’t a UK business that wasn’t finding it “very difficult to recruit at the moment” and urged the government to focus on getting the 1m first. over 50s who had left the workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic have returned to work.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “We now have 1 million fewer people in work. Some see it as the “great resignation”. I think of it as a ‘life reassessment’ because it’s mostly people in their 50s.”

Michael Brown, director of cabin services at easyJet, said: “Our people are at the heart of everything we do and it’s the warm welcome and fantastic customer service that our crew are renowned for.”

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