JAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4098 times:
My friend just finished his commercial pilot course in South Africa and has returned to the UK where he is from. What is the European job market like? Are there certain airlines which are hiring now or would have good prospects for a new pilot? Thank you for any input.
TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3381 posts, RR: 30 Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4086 times:
While I cannot give you any special advice, there are sometimes also language issues. Many carriers actually demand you to speak some national languages, for example as far as I know, for working with LH you must speak German, too, for SAS you must speak a Nordic language, and for other airlines you might also be required to speak the respective language additionally to English.
This does not apply to all LCCs, for example FR has crews which only speak English, but I cannot recall that I have ever had a Non-German speaking pilot on any German LCC, for example...
Apart from that, I would guess that especially for the common types like A320 and 737, chances are good to get a job if you pass all requirements.
If he is a UK citizen, he can work in all EC countries plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland without any restrictions, so from a legal point of view, it is rather easy to work in any country in Europe. Whether this also applies to the respective license rules is something the others can answer better, but as far as I know, this is not a problem either...