Help guide for redundant and unemployed airline pilots

The Basics and legal information:

Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job. It happens when employers need to reduce their workforce. If you’re being made redundant, you might be eligible for certain things, including:

  • redundancy pay
  • a notice period
  • a consultation with your employer
  • the option to move into a different job
  • time off to find a new job

Source: .Gov

Are you getting the correct redundancy payment?

You are entitled to a statutory redundancy payment if you have worked for the organisation for two years or more. The statutory payment is:

  • Half a week’s pay for each full year of service under the age of 22
  • 1 week’s pay for each full year of service between the age of 22 and 41
  • 5 weeks’ pay for each full year of service aged over 41

A statutory redundancy payment can only be based on up to 20 years of employment even if you have been employed for longer than this.

Source: Truth legal

Help to get a new job

Contact your local Jobcentre – they specialise in helping people who have been made redundant. They will help you find a new job and may even pay for training.

You can use the service during your notice period and for up to 13 weeks after you’ve been made redundant.

You should also ask your employer for a written reference, as you can send this with your job applications.

You won’t get any redundancy pay if you accept an alternative job with your current employer before the end of your notice period.

Source: Citizens advice

Brushing off and updating your pilot CV

Your CV, cover letter, and application form are your only opportunities to make a great first impression to your prospective employer about the valuable skills you can bring to their airline. Even though many of them are not recruiting at the moment we can only hope the airlines are making knee jerk reactions with redundancies and by next year or sooner, will be hiring back the workforce it lost.

We recommend Airline Prep who are approved to claim back the cost of the service.

Making use of the government help for training and keeping your license current.

Aviation Insider is approved and on the system with the job centre and can offer the following training.

  • Airline Pilot License revalidations on the following aircraft: a320, a330, B737, 747, 787, E190. 
  • Airline Pilot License renewals on the following aircraft: Airbus a320, Boeing 737 and 787.
  • In some cases we can also help you claim for additional refresher training as being a pilot is a skill and a skill can fade. Especially if you haven’t flown a certain aircraft in months/years. The aircraft we can offer for this are a320, a330, B737, B747. B757/767, B777/787 and E135/145/190. 
  • Finally, our partners at Airline Prep offer interview and cv preparation with the same scheme Aviation Insider is part of.

Staying Positive

  • Stay future-focused. It’s easy to get stuck in the past and what shoulda-woulda-coulda happened.
  • Don’t let your job status define you.
  • Prioritize self-care.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
  • Tap into your network.
  • Treat finding a job as a job.
  • Extend kindness.

For more on what financial help is available Click Here

To see what you might be entitled to Click Here

For how to deal with debt click here

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Help guide for redundant and unemployed airline pilots