Air Europa Express has been denounced by a major trade union after it was revealed the company had been charging candidates €60 – approximately $100 – per interview.
Critics have expressed concern that the Spanish budget airline is simply cashing-in on the country’s unemployment rate, which currently sits at 21 per cent.
Approximately 2,000 applicants applied for just 100 pilot positions and 150 cabin crew positions, meaning the firm could have made €120,000 – in excess of $202,000 – if it interviewed every one.
Union spokesperson Isaac Valero told the Telegraph that the charge could be a signifier of even worse to come.
“If they asked for €60 this time, what may they charge the next time?” he asked.
“Faced with an ever more precarious labour market, with over 20 per cent 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.”
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