Pilot Employment Contracts
These last years have seen the development of new trends, some of them worrying, regarding the employment of pilots. The European pilot labour market is increasingly characterised by what we call "atypical employment", which brings in a great diversity in terms of types of workers (temporary contracts, independent or (bogus) self-employed workers situations, etc.). All of this contributes to the growing pan-European labour market. However, it also brings in new kinds of threats and concerns for pilots, such as applicable contract & labour legislations, social security rights and duties, individual tax liabilities, etc. Not mentioning the potential negative consequences of these practices on aviation safety as a whole. In September 2014, the University of Ghent launched an independent survey (co-financed by the European Commission) to try and measure the impact and spread of this practice. The results were shared during a Conference in Paris on 12-13 February 2015.
As the representative of pilots in Belgium, it is our duty to closely monitor and follow-up these issues. We actively work at European level, with the European Cockpit Association, to defend our members and their rights. In addition, we organise info sessions with a legal advisor ( in coordination with other EU pilot associations) where our members can obtain the most accurate information on their contract status (applicable social security and labour legislation, homebase clarification, applicable tax regime).