British applicants not eligible for Ryanair jobs in Manchester due to Brexit

Being “hardworking, flexible [with] an outgoing and friendly personality” is all very well, but British citizens may soon not qualify to work as cabin crew with Ryanair. They appear to fall at the first hurdle because of Brexit.

Europe’s biggest budget airline has a recruitment day in Manchester on 22 February 2020.

Ryanair is seeking applicants who are “adaptable and happy to work a shift roster”. They must “enjoy dealing with the public and have the ability to provide excellent customer service with a ‘can do’ attitude”.

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But the first requirement for anyone seeking a “highly competitive salary” and “amazing staff travel benefits” puts in doubt UK citizens who do not have dual nationality.

The first demand is: “Applicants must have the unrestricted right to live and work in the EU.”

The airline explains: “You must be flexible to relocate as you could operate from any European base within Ryanair Holdings PLC subject to operational requirements.”

Ryanair has dozens of bases across the European Union, and often assigns crew to work from airports in different countries.

British passport holders can travel and work anywhere in the EU until the end of 2020. But after that they will lose the right as freedom of movement ends.

From the wording of the advertisement it appears that British citizens who do not have a second passport would not be able to work beyond the end of the year, however deep their “passion for travelling and meeting new people”.

But a spokesperson for Ryanair told The Independent : Currently, we require UK cabin crew applicants to have the unrestricted right to live and work in the EU. However, we will revise and update this requirement before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.”

Non-UK citizens with the right to remain will be able to fulfil the requirement beyond the end of the year.

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