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Pilot Survey Reveals High Levels Of Stress And Job Insecurity

More Than Half Have Worried About Losing Their Jobs In The Past Two Years

Many airline pilots feel stressed and undervalued by management and, despite record demand for flight crew globally, worried about job security and automation making their role redundant.

Those are among the findings of a landmark survey by pilot and aviation recruiter GOOSE Recruitment and aviation publisher FlightGlobal, which polled more than 1,300 working pilots worldwide on attitudes to their work.

Despite a perception that a cockpit career is glamorous, well-rewarded and a job for life, the survey reveals that pilots often feel anxious and insecure. Findings include:

  • 40% of pilots feel “most stressed” by their dealings with management, with rotations – the number of airport turnarounds they must carry out in a day – the second biggest contributor to stress
  • 59% feel their employer does not care about their wellbeing
  • More than half of pilots have worried about losing their job in the past two years
  • 29% of pilots do not plan to fly to retirement age
  • 43% would not recommend a career as a pilot to young people

40% of pilots are concerned that autonomous technology will make the role of the pilot redundant
Among other findings, pilots rate work-life balance as the highest priority when choosing a flying job, ahead of salary, company culture, training and career development. Interestingly, the list is almost reversed for pilots at the start of their career, who give company culture the highest rating, with work-life balance the least important.

The survey also reveals that Lufthansa, Air France and Virgin Atlantic are the three airlines pilots would most want to work for.

“These results show that, despite the appeal of a career as an airline pilot and demand for their services being higher than ever, airlines have significant challenges to address when it comes to the job satisfaction and wellbeing of their most important employees,” says Mark Charman, CEO and Founder of GOOSE Recruitment.

“While our survey does highlight many positive aspects of being a pilot, employers cannot ignore their responsibilities when it comes to issues like stress and mental wellbeing. We hope that these insights will help airlines adapt some of their human resources policies,” says Sophie Wild, Director of Content Partnerships and Recruitment at FlightGlobal.

(Image provided with FlightGlobal news release)

FMI: www.flightglobal.com
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