Reply To: BA Cabin Crew’s Pay

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I did some desk research on comparative pay between UK airlines here:

Crew pay is difficult to calculate as beyond the basic salary:

– income is largely dictated by the “variable” component linked to actual hours “on the job” and that in itself is influenced by things like bidding systems and other factors (e.g. personal preference for certain routes)
– especially at BA, the actual route you get allocated to can vary your “box payments” significantly
– things like delays and working out of hours can also trigger extra payments
– parts of the variable component is tax free
– there are other sources of income such as commission payments on Duty Free
– some cabin crew work part time
– there are marked differences between those on “legacy” contracts and those new to the airline game (e.g. Mixed Fleet)

The £29,900 figure is referenced in the link above and one I recognise, but ONLY AS AN AVERAGE. It is certainly NOT a minimum.

New (BA Mixed Fleet) cabin crew will earn between £17,000-£20,000 over the course of the year, and that includes Performance Related bonuses which have yet to be paid (which is why many feel they are currently not paid as much as was originally expected).

This is, as far as I can see, more than Ryanair, Virgin and Easyjet and also adds the certainty of employment which the summer charter market cannot provide and all against a background of other airlines either not hiring at all, or laying people off.

There is also a pay review currently for Mixed Fleet, which will ensure they are benchmarked to market rate (for new hires NOT existing legacy crews) + 10%.

I don’t begrudge lower paid people any sort of pay rise right now; high inflation is a symptom of the necessary re-adjustment in the economy caused by foolishness in the past, and when you’re taking home around £1000 net even an extra £50 can make a real difference.

Those who remain at BA, working full time, on £50,000+ in a cabin crew/CSD role have been there over 15 years, maybe longer. The are on contracts which belong in a bygone era, but have been honoured by BA nonetheless.

It’s certainly better not to implicitly trust what is written in newspapers.

It’s also probably a time to calm down on the sensitive topic of remuneration as the cabin crew ballot on whether to accept the offer recommended to them by Unite and now BASSA as well.

If both sides believe they have won, then that’s a genuinely terrific outcome for all concerned.

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