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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Why it is a big deal to be SIA cabin crew.




Whenever there is an "walk-in" interview, hundreds if not thousands would join in the queue hoping to be cabin crew. There are many wannabes who had failed in the interviews repeatedly,some as many as 10 times,would still want to try their luck. If the job of a cabin crew does not come with good salaries and perks why would these wannabes want to join in the first place?
Coming from the airline (SIA) myself, I think it was and still is a big deal to be a cabin crew especially with Singapore Airlines (SIA or SQ). The pay is relatively attractive and the perks are aplenty. Agreed it's hard work but still it's nothing compared to some other occupations.
Let us start with the pay first. A newbie gets a starting pay of about S$1,300 a month during training which usually last for 3 months. A graduate new crew is paid around $1,500 a month. After training, the trainee starts flying. The meal allowance for each crew would be around $2,000 a month on the average. On top of that, there is a $300 transport allowance. There is this IFA or incentive flying allowance whereby the crew is paid from $9 to $16 per hour from the time they report for duty till half an hour after the plane has landed. If the duty time is exceeds 14 hours but less than 18 hours, the crew is paid 2 1/2 times the IFA. If the duty time exceeds 18 hours it is 3 times more. If a crew does a ultra long flight like SIN/NYC she will be paid not only 3 times the normal IFA but also paid a lump sum ranging from $150 to $210 depending on the rank. If one does a turnaround flight with no nightstop involved, she will be paid $70 in addition to the LMA and IFA. Each crew is paid $125 a month for laundry allowance.
A stewardess/steward on completion of the first 5 year contract is paid $10,000.  End of 2nd contract is $25,000. Once promoted to a higher rank she/he would get much more eg. a chief stewardess/steward will be paid $65,000 in total after the 5th contract.
There is also the thirteenth pay at the end of the year. There is a profit sharing scheme whereby if SIA does well in term of profitability each crew will be paid a bonus. The biggest payout was a 6 month bonus.

Perks include free travel once a year for the crew,spouse and her dependants. Crew are also entitled to unlimited discounted travel on SQ flights.
Free medical and dental care are also provided up to a certain limit. SIA sports club membership at a few dollars a month are extended to all crew.
Insurance coverage for the crew are paid for by SIA ($100,000 per crew).

In my opinion, a cabin crew of a junior rank may score as much as $4,000 to $5,000 a month. The IFS or inflight supervisor gets an average of $8,000 a month. One chief steward told me it was not uncommon for him to take home around $9,000 a month.

There is a SIA cabin crew interview this coming Saturday at the Sheraton Tower Hotel and we are definitely going to see a very long queue.

If you look at what I have said above, isn't it a big deal to be a cabin crew??


43 comments:

Under paid said...

I am a grads and am earning less than 4k working 3 yrs with my Co. CC is very fortunate.

wannabe said...

Wish I could be SIA stewardess. Uncle BT can you help me pass the stringent interviews please?

Anonymous said...

Just came back from STC and all the new girls are all BUAY SWEE cannot make it. Yuck :(

stories said...

Doctors starting pay only 2 +

Anonymous said...

money is somehow attractive yes but seriously passengers are getting more difficult and demanding, stopovers are getting shorter, perks and benefits are also getting cut and lesser. pay is also not as good as before. that is why the turnover rate is so high! even good performing crew will have other choices and better offers after awhile. SIA has to do more to retain crew!

Anonymous said...

They probably don't even care, just keep hiring those wannabes on a monthly basis!

Anonymous said...

"..has to do more to retain crew!.."

You're fortunate the co. don't retrench the crew.


Karma

boh tong said...

Karma is spot on with his comment.

Anonymous said...

fleets, meals, inflight entertainment can only do so much, the human touch is the most important onboard. when people talk about sia, they always talk abt its cabin crew. cabin crew seems to be the most important asset to sia. look at the skytrax comments, if meals so so, old aircraft but good crew, people give high ratings. but if gd meals, gd entertainment but bad service and crew, people give low ratings.

unfortunately the crew is not performing now. skytrax hv so many comments on bad service, bad crew etc onboard. something is wrong somewhere. is it the morale, training, selection or what? not sure if the poly internship can help but hopefully something can be done or changed so that sia ranking dun keep slipping off and pax move to other big competitors. other airlines are not only catching up but some are outperforming already!

Anonymous said...

BT, if a CC didnt take any MCs for the whole yr, is dere any added on remuneration/bonus to the salary?? =D

boh tong said...

Yes cc will be paid $350 if no mc is taken for the whole year.

Anonymous said...

i heard that this coming saturday interview will be the last for this year is it true? i have braces on till april so i wont be able to try :(

Anonymous said...

to comment #12: dun hear this, hear that, from who? and who can confirm? during dec 2012 interview, people said next interview will be 3 to 4 months later or even later and we have one in jan :p

Anonymous said...

Hi bt,

do i ned to print the application form? Will they give me the application form when I walk in? Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

to anon: u dun hv to print, u just need to walk in and shout 'i want to be a crew!' and they will give you the post.

just kidding. the sq website isn't written in greek btw. :p

Anonymous said...

an sq girl who just graduated from training said that due to sq business slowdown and the mass hiring of 1400 girls last year, todays interview will be the last for 2013;(

Anonymous said...

Don't pass rumors that sia won't be recruiting anymore for this year. Better zip ur stupid mouth.

Anonymous said...

since when did sq hire 1400 girls last year? anyway if u wanna hear rumours, the one i hear is that an average of 30 crew quit every month now.

Anonymous said...

dun believe this or believe that by what people say. jan last interview for 2013? said by sq girl who just graduated from training?

now there is one in march, and i dare say after that will have one more in may/june.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Are there any benefits such as discounted tickets for my parents if I am not married?

Thank you :)

Boh Tong said...

Only if ur parents r not working

Anonymous said...

Hi BT, can you elaborate more on the interviews? Are they difficult? How should I take note during interviews?

BT's secretary said...

Sign up for his talks at www.ourcabincrew.com

Anonymous said...

Does SIA base on education qualification?

Anonymous said...

yes must have minimum qualification.

Anonymous said...

Lets say I have O level cert and diploma cert? Which one will SIA prefer?

Boh Tong said...

sia will take the higher qualification

Anonymous said...

Hi BT, my face, arms and neck has birthmark mole. Will they affect me from being chosen?

Boh Tong said...

The birthmarks may affect your chance.

Anonymous said...

do I need to do more research and know more about SIA?

Anonymous said...

Will SIA reject one by providing the reason???

Boh Tong said...

No need to do research.

SIA will not give reason for rejection

Jillian said...

Hi BT, can I apply to be a CC if I'm studying a part time degree? Will they allow me through if so?
Thank you so much!

Boh Tong said...

Yes you can apply Jillian.

Jillian said...

Cool, thanks! :)

Jing Chen said...

Hi BT:)
I'm graduating from JC this yr. I'm considering joining SIA after A level is over. But I only want to take a gap year before starting Uni to work and save up. So there's about 2 yrs in between. Do you think it is possible for me to quit just after 2 yrs? Or can I request for less frequent flights ( like during weekends) so that I can work n study at the same time?

BT said...

Jing Chen yrs is fine. No u can`t request but u may swap flights.

Jing Chen said...

Oh I see:) so there is there no contract period? But I heard that the contract is 5 yrs....

Boh Tong said...

If u quit b4 ur bond is up (18 months)then u hv to pay. Yes contract is (5 yrs)

Anonymous said...

BT, could it be possible for a malaysian who currently work in singapore go for walk in interview in Singapore as a CC ?

Boh Tong said...

Yes u may attend the interview in S'pore.

Liz said...

Hi Uncle Boh Tong, there will be a SIA recruitment exercise (walk-in interview) coming March in Singapore and one of the 'requirements' is 'Singapore citizen', but I am confused as the application form applies to both Singaporeans and Malaysians.Do you think Malaysians can attend too? Thank you, uncle!

Boh Tong said...

Yes Liz u may attend the interview but SIA reserves the right to refuse u since u are a Malaysian.