It’s easy to get wrapped up in the application process, or to be excited about the money you can make once you’ve landed a job in the skies. But what will it cost you to get there?
There’s no straightforward answer to this as each airline will vary but we’ve rounded up some of the potential costs to give you a rough idea of what to expect.
With fierce competition at Assessment Days, you’ll be expected to be extremely well-presented at this stage of application. You may have to think about forking out for a smart outfit, and pay attention to your personal grooming. This has the potential to add up.
Travel and accommodation
Unless you live in a major city, you will likely need to travel in order to attend an Assessment Day.
It’s rare for airlines to cover any travel or accommodation costs you might incur. Food and drink expenses also won’t be covered. This is regardless of whether or not you are successful at the Assessment Day.
Once you’ve secured a job offer, it’s time to think about uniform. You’ll look classy and iconic in your Cabin Crew get-up, but beware of hidden costs.
Meanwhile, British Airways will kit you out in designer gear at no personal cost, and Etihad and Emirates even throw in complimentary dry cleaning!
easyJet will deduct the cost of your uniform in monthly instalments until it’s paid off. For women, this is £180 and for men, £160.
Before you can start working as Cabin Crew, there are a number of compulsory pre-employment checks, such as a criminal record check (CRC) and an EASA medical certificate that you’ll need to obtain.
For UK-based airlines, the cost of your medical is usually covered by the airline. European airlines tend to have slightly stricter regulations so be sure to confirm with the airline what’s required. Middle Eastern companies such as Etihad and Emirates are even more thorough with their medical checks so will likely cost you extra.
What about training costs?
The cost and length of training is variable and depends on the individual airline.
Your initial training will not usually cost you anything upfront. However, certain airlines will expect you to pay off the cost of your training over the course of your employment.
Some airlines allow you an allowance during the training period, which again may be deducted from your wages over a set period when you commence employment.
You may also have to pay for your own accommodation and meals during your training. For example, Flybe covers your accommodation plus breakfast but won’t compensate you for lunch or dinner.
Finally, be aware that airlines often won’t offer you a relocation package or compensation. Do your research and make sure you apply to an airline based somewhere you are willing and able to travel to at your own expense.
While it might cost you to start off on your journey to Cabin Crew, you’ll surely reap the rewards once your career has launched. You can stay on top of recruitment opportunities here!