British Airways is actively recruiting new Cabin Crew for positions available at London Heathrow and Gatwick Airport. However, the pay and conditions for these new Flight Attendants is a controversial subject. So how much do new British Airways Cabin Crew earn in 2017?
Before 2010, British Airways used to have two main categories of Cabin Crew. The first were referred to as ‘Worldwide Crew’ and only worked on long-haul flights from London Heathrow. The second category was called ‘Eurofleet’ and as the name suggests, these Cabin Crew only worked on short-haul flights to European destinations.
Cabin Crew who worked from London Gatwick and London City airport’s had slightly different contracts but the pay and conditions were broadly similar.
However, since 2010, all new British Airways Cabin Crew join the airline on a dramatically different contract and are referred to as ‘Mixed Fleet’ Cabin Crew. The Mixed Fleet crew work on both long-haul and short-haul flights. Their pay and conditions are different and they never work alongside ‘Worldwide’ or ‘Eurofleet’ crew.
British Airways claim that Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew earn “more than £21,000 based on pay, allowances, incentive and bonus” in their first year of flying. The airline also says that an independent audit of its pay shows that Mixed Fleet crew earned between £21,151.35 and £27,356.30 in the last 12-months.
But the Unite union, which represents Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew alleges that the average take home pay for its members was just £16,000 per year. A figure they assert amounts to “poverty pay.” The bitter dispute between Unite and the airline has resulted in members taking strike action in protest.
What is the British Airways Cabin Crew Salary in 2017?
British Airways Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew receive the following pay and benefits:
- Basic Pay: £12,747 per year
- Trip Allowance: £3.06 per hour – an elapsed hourly rate that starts from the moment you check-in to the time you get back to your home airport
- Undisclosed commission: On Duty-Free sales
- Quarterly Bonus: Approximately £350 – £450
- Annual Bonus: Approximately £400 – £450 (based on fleet-wide performance)
During the initial Cabin Crew training course, you will only receive basic pay.
Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew Benefits:
- Annual leave starting at 30 days per year and rising to 34 days.
- Request roster preferences for destinations you really want to fly to.
- Concessionary staff travel after six months of service.
- Opportunities for progression after 12-18 months service.
Why Does the Pay Not Match Expectations?
Based on a sample roster, British Airways estimates that new Cabin Crew should earn over £21,000 per year. However, critics point out that many crew members end up working rosters that don’t allow them to earn anything near what British Airways promises.
It’s also worth noting that you shouldn’t rely on bonus payments as part of your wage. The bonus is based on performance across the whole Mixed Fleet crew. Anything that affects the performance, whether avoidable or not, will impact on the bonus payment you receive.
British Airways and the union that represents Mixed Fleet have recently agreed to talks in an attempt to resolve the pay dispute. If any changes are made, this page will be updated.