Challenges and Issues in Air India

As far as Air India, the official international airlines of India is concerned, they are suffering from poor management, resource crunch, international competition, and lack of funds. It is one of the most incompetent airlines in the world. Needless to say, they are not good paymasters. Salaries are typically 9% below the market standards in Air India, whereas similar employers provide 1% below the market standards in India.

Indian Commercial Pilots Association, ICPA’s Crusade for Salary

Recently, Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) had a rift with the government for the nonpayment of dues. In the month of March 2013, the Air India management provided just the basic salary, which was about Rs.10,000 to their pilots. The flying allowances, which are around 85% of the total pay, were not provided. This resulted into a lowered morale in the airline staff. This year the financial troubles and uncertainty over the salaries have taken a monstrous shape.

The Best Perks in Air India

As far as perks and job security are concerned, this public-sector company offers exciting perks and post service benefits. The best perks to work with the company are retirement pension, paid sick leave and paid holidays and vacation. The packages in the customer service department are also good and as per market standards. The salary of an assistant manager in customer service department ranges between Rs.2.5 lakh per annum and Rs.8.5 lakh per annum. The bonus ranges between Rs.3000 and Rs.40,000

Salaries for Technical Services Staff

The technical service employees and engineers also get standard packages. The flight dispatcher gets anything around Rs.1.5 lakh per annum and Rs.10.5 lakh per annum depending upon his experience. A flight attendant gets anywhere between Rs.2.5 lakh per annum and Rs.12.5 lakh per annum, which is more or less as per the industry standards. The aircraft mechanic or service technician gets an annual salary of Rs.1.5 lakh to Rs.13.5 lakh.

Paychecks for Female Employees

Air India does not justify adequate female representation in its staff. The ratio of female employees is just 14%, whereas the males are 86%. Most of the female employees are flight attendants and ground staff. The average salary of a female employee is between Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.6.5 lakh per annum, whereas a male takes home anything between 3.5 lakh rupees per annum to Rs.9.5 lakh per annum on an average.

Needless to say, Air India is not able to attract the best female talent from the country. Most of the female employees prefer to join private airlines and some of them also join the foreign international airlines.

Degree-wise Salaries in Air India

If we talk about degrees, the bachelor’s degree holders get anything between Rs.2.1 lakh and Rs.11 lakh per annum. A fresh master of business administration (MBA) gets an initial offer of anything between Rs.2.5 lakh per annum and Rs.4.3 lakh per annum. The salary of an office manager or an administrative officer is between Rs.1.7 lakh per annum and Rs.12.5 lakh per annum.

Pilots’ Salaries

The employees are rewarded with due pay packets influenced, to a certain extent, by the skills mastered by them
An airline pilot, co-pilot, or flight engineer gets anything between Rs.5.6 lakh per annum and Rs.43.2 lakh per annum. An assistant controller gets a package between 1.5 lakh per annum and Rs.7.6 lakh per annum.