British Airways announces ambition to employ 'most diverse workforce ever'

The airline is preparing for a very busy 2022.
The airline is preparing for a very busy 2022. Photo credit: British Airways

British Airways has announced it will be opening its doors to new cabin crew recruits in 2022 and it wants people from all walks of life to take to the skies with it.

While the airline has already contacted people who left the business last year to discuss return, but it also wants to bring about a bit of change.

As well as the experienced crew members looking to return, the airline is also appealing to a broad range of people in an attempt to create "the most diverse crew workforce in its 100-year history".

"Everyone is welcome at British Airways; we have an opportunity to give people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to see the world and help shape the future of our airline," said Sean Doyle, British Airways' Chairman and CEO.

"We know that there are people looking for the first step in their career or a complete career change. We will value the skills and experience they will bring to the role to help serve our customers." 

While the airline searches for diversity, Camille John, a British Airways cabin crew member, shared the story of when she joined the airline.

"I joined British Airways from Harrods, where I worked in the womenswear department. The airline combines all the things that make me passionate about my job - giving great customer service, working with incredible people and of course, serious style!" 

To incentivise new starters, the airline is also waiving its policy around the need to do six months at the airline before accessing staff travel.

The starting rate for British Airways cabin crew is £28,000, which works out to approximately NZ$54,440.