British citizens could find that they are no longer able to apply for cabin crew positions with Europe’s biggest budget airline, Ryanair, due to no longer having the right to live and work in the EU.

The requirement for applicants to have the ‘unrestricted right to work in the European Union’ is listed as one of the first requirements as part of the job advert.

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK citizens still have the right to work in the EU during the transition period which ends in 11 months’ time.

However, once Britain leaves the transition period with the European bloc, government guidance tells people to expect ‘changes to the rights and status of UK nationals living and working in the EU now that the UK has left the EU’, the Independent reported.



That has meant confusion for thousands of applicants who have been left wondering if they can or should apply.

The advert also states that Ryanair is seeking people who are ‘adaptable and happy to work a shift roster’.

It goes on to add that: ‘You must be flexible to relocate as you could operate from any European base within Ryanair Holdings PLC subject to operational requirements.’

Ryanair is recruiting at a major event in Manchester later this month on February 22.

However, the company has sought to allay fears, by insisting that it will review its requirements once the Brexit transition period ends.

A spokesperson told ‘Currently, we require all cabin crew applicants to have the unrestricted right to live and work in the EU.

‘However, we will revise and update this requirement before the Brexit transition period ends on 31st December 2020.’