JetBlue is making it difficult for the company’s pilots to stay competitive in the hot-hiring industry, a new report has found.
In the last 12 months, the company hired fewer than 3% of its pilots, and its average annual salary is only $31,800, according to the report.
This means pilots in hot spots like the East Coast and Southeast Asia, where competition is fierce, can make just $10,000 a year, or less than half of what a flight attendant making the same wage makes.
The report comes as JetBlue’s hiring woes are becoming more and more apparent.
In a year in which the company laid off or fired more than 3,000 pilots, the airline has hired fewer pilots and laid off a quarter of its workers since March.
In the last year alone, the average salary for pilots dropped by $15,000.
JetBlue’s recent hiring practices, which were not publicly disclosed until now, could be contributing to the company hiring so few pilots.
The airline has been under pressure to cut costs and cut back on its workforce as it has seen its share price plummet over the past year.
The company announced last month that it would close the Philadelphia hub of its JetBlue Express service and lay off about half of its workforce.
JetBlacks CEO Joe Saluzzi has said that the company is “in the midst of a restructuring effort.”
But analysts say it could take a decade for the airline to address its hiring issues.
“The problem is not just that the number of pilots is shrinking, it’s that there’s a whole lot of new pilots,” said Chris Schaffer, director of airline staffing and training at the Boston Consulting Group.
“It’s a problem of how many people are needed, and that is, in large part, going to have to do with how you’re recruiting.”
The report is the latest effort to highlight the companys hiring problems.
In February, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration banned the use of drones in its airspace for commercial purposes, and in April, the FAA said that it was cracking down on airline and air cargo pilots who use unmanned aircrafts in their work.
In addition, the Federal Aviation Agency banned the operation of drones within 50 feet of an airport.
But there is no evidence that JetBlue or its pilots are losing jobs as a result of these measures.
According to the study, only 3% to 5% of the company�s employees are considered “hot,” meaning they are able to perform at a level that would earn them the job.
Hot workers are more likely to be older, more qualified, or have more education.
These workers are less likely to have a master’s degree or other credentials that would qualify them to be an airline pilot.
Hot-shoes are a hot-fit for the jobThe study also found that more than half the company hires hot-shoe pilots, but not nearly enough.
The study found that the average age of JetBlue�s hot-footing pilots is 42, which is slightly older than the average of the entire U.K. workforce.
The average salary of a hot worker is $39,000, the study found.
But while hot-feet may be the most popular type of airline employee, the report found that only 9% of those workers are considered �hot-hands� and that only 5% are certified in hot-handing.
In an interview with CNNMoney, JetBlue vice president of HR, Greg Laughlin, defended the company in the face of these criticisms.
“We have a very diverse group of people,” he said.
“We have some who are extremely passionate, and they really do love their jobs.
But a lot of them are also incredibly qualified.”
Laughlin said that his company was working on a new approach to hiring.
In 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the company, claiming that the airline was forcing its pilots to work long hours, and also requiring them to work with a partner.
The ACLU filed a federal civil rights complaint against the airline.
In response, the government agreed to a settlement with the airline in January 2018, allowing pilots to earn overtime pay while on the job and making it easier for pilots to be certified.
But, Laughlin said, it still wasn�t enough.
“It is really disappointing to me that our current approach is not going to work,” Laughlin told CNNMoney.
“If you look at the numbers, it�s not working.”
But while the study does highlight JetBlues hiring practices as a reason to be concerned, the real problem is the airline�s own policies and practices.
“You are seeing people being put into jobs that they don�t want to be in,” Schaffer said.
For example, the agency requires pilots to undergo a training program before they can fly, which can be hard for pilots.”What we�