Virgin Atlantic Jobs Create Record Recruitment Response
Written by Geoff Newman on 27/02/2012
The recruitment department at Virgin Atlantic has had to assign extra staff to its application processing team after experiencing overwhelming demand for its latest recruitment drive.
The trans-Atlantic airline announced earlier this month that it would be hiring 500 new cabin crew to staff routes to the USA, Canada and Mexico. Since opening up its online recruitment portal to applications, the airline has received 3,000 applications for potential new cabin crew staff, reaching a record level of interest in jobs with the airline.
The company’s head of resources, Alex Merrylees, said that their jobs were drawing interest from people from all walks of life.
"We are seeing hundreds of applicants coming through each day from all over the UK,” Merrylees said. “We have had applications from accountants, dentists, models and even traffic wardens. The standard is extremely high and it’s going to be a tough job to go through them all.”
The new jobs will be based out of both Heathrow and Gatwick airports and will see the staff assigned to the airline’s new Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The planes will be flying the new routes to Cancun in Mexico and Vancouver in Canada, as well as the extra flights added to the existing San Francisco route.