Invitation: Lunch Briefing on Atypical Employment in Aviation - 27 March 2015, Brussels

An alarming number of pilots are working with no direct link to the airline they actually fly for, with some airlines – especially in the low fares sector – drawing significantly upon a ‘casualised’ workforce, reveals new research by the University of Ghent (Belgium).

The study shows that one out of 6 pilots has no direct employment contract (with 40% of the 20-30 year old pilots flying without being directly employed). Instead, they often work as self-employed, via a company or a temporary work agency. Remarkably, 70% of these self-employed pilots work for low fares airlines.

What is behind these creative hiring arrangements? Can we speak about “fiscal & social engineering”? Is atypical employment a “low cost sector” phenomenon? Is this the only way to be a successful airline? What are the consequences for the entire aviation industry? Ultimately, what is the effect on safety?

To find out please join us on:

Friday, 27 March from 12:00 to 14:00 for a light lunch, presentation and a discussion

The event will take place at the European Cockpit Association's office (rue du commerce 20-22, Brussels)



University of Ghent, (tbc)

Emmanuel Jahan, Association of European Airlines & Chair of the EU Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee 

Jon Horne, European Cockpit Association & Vice-Chair of the EU Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee


For a first read, please check out ECA Press Release & download the full report. For more information please contact us