Ultimate Unbundling: Spanish LCC Charges For Job Interviews

Bring your resume. And your ATM card.


A new low-cost Spanish airline has taken unbundling to a new level by charging a €60 fee for the opportunity to interview for 250 available pilot and cabin crew positions. This in a nation where unemployment tops 20%.


Representatives from a pilot union and from Unión Sindical Obrera (USO), a trade union, have slammed Air Europa Express for its tacky (and possibly illegal) hiring procedures.


According to The Telegraph, USO spokesperson Isaac Valero said: “If they asked for 60 euros this time, what may they charge the next time? Faced with an ever more precarious labour market with over 20% of the active population out of work, this is clearly a disgraceful and abusive new measure which only contributes to making it harder for people to access employment.”


Spain’s unemployment rate is the 2nd worst in Europe, right behind Greece. A spokesperson for the Spanish Guild of Commercial Aviation Pilots (COPAC) called the charge illegal and “immoral,” saying that any candidates should be evaluated based on their experience and qualifications, not by their willingness to fork out for an interview.


Air Europa Express, a subsidiary of Spain’s 3rd largest airline, Air Europa, has not confirmed that it expected its would-be employees to pay for an interview. An Air Europa spokesperson simply told a publication that it was “very pleased” with the candidates who had applied for jobs so far.


But was it pleased with the applicants or all the application fees?

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