Ryanair is - just as easyJet - a low-cost carrier. However, there are still major differences between both companies. At Ryanair -for example - 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.

The most important information follows below:


After completing your initial training course, you will receive a fixed term contract of a maximum of three years with an external company (for example "Crewlink" or "Workforce"). This company will also take care of your initial training course. After at least one year (this might take more than 5 years), 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/No1).

Promotion/Career perspectives:

1. Cabin Crew

After a minimum of 1 year:

2. Cabin Crew Supervisor (No1)

Salary / Wage:

CREWLINK / WORKFORCE CONTRACT (during your first years)

At the start (while being contracted by an external company, such as Crewlink or Workforce), your salary is based on flight pay per flight and on commission (from the on board sales).

The flight pay per flight for cabin crew on a Crewlink contract in 2012 is as follows:

(found on http://ryanairdontcarecrew.blogspot.com)

- European Bases (Excl DUB,ORK,WRO,BUD & all UK Bases) €16.20 (Per Scheduled Block Hour)

- WRO, BUD  €11.34 (Per Scheduled Block Hour)

- Dublin (DUB) Base €16.68 (Per Scheduled Block Hour)

- Cork (ORK) Base €16.00 (flights <1hr 45m) / €27.00 (flights >1hr 45m)

- UK Bases  Stg £13.07 (Per Scheduled Block Hour)

When working the maximum legal amount of 900 flying hours per year, this would lead to a total flight pay per year of €11,34 x 900 = € 10,206 (in BUD) and €16.68 x 900 = €15,012 (in DUB). When working less, this amount will be lower. Especially during the first year(s) at Ryanair, it is financially important to be able fly as much as possible. Once you are not flying, you are not earning money. When you are on standby, you will earn €30 per day.

According to Ryanair, the average monthly sales commission is over €210, the average annual commission is over €2,600.

Starting Cabin Crew will probably earn around €1200-€1500 after tax.

This salary highly depends on your actual flying hours. When you are on standby (without flying) a lot, being kept at home due to less flying demand in the winter period or are sick for some time, you might earn less than €1000.

RYANAIR CONTRACT (after 1-6 years)

Once you get a Ryanair contract, your salary will be better. Your flight pay per revenue flight will go up and you will also receive basic pay. According to Ryanair, the average flying hourly pay of our cabin crew varies between €26.67 to €44.44 per hour. Ryanair also states that their crew earn between €24,000 and €40,000 per year (before tax).

Ryanair contract Cabin Crew Supervisor will probably earn approximately €1500-€2000 after tax.

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.

Home base:

Ryanair has a large number of bases (87 bases, as of July 2018). 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 or on a 6-2, 6-3 schedule. This means that you fly for 5 or 6 days, then have 2 days off, then fly for 5 or 6 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.

Ryanair can require a proportion of its cabin crew to take unpaid leave during the quieter winter months.

Internal Initial Training Course:

- 6 weeks

- You DO NOT have to pay for your training anymore. You will receive €28 for every day of training (on your days off, you will not receive this). You will have to pay for your own accomodation. 

More information can be found on the Ryanair website!




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