Jan 19 (Reuters) – A global rebound in air travel has sent pilots back to work after a pandemic-induced slump, but many men and women in the cabin are worried about pay, a survey on Thursday found. .

More than half of pilots have not had a pay raise for five years, according to the global survey conducted by aviation industry specialist Goose recruiting and FlightGlobal. It surveyed 1,184 pilots during the fourth quarter of 2022.

Asia-Pacific is the hardest-hit region when it comes to wages, with nearly half reporting lower earnings. By contrast, 73% of respondents in North America reported higher wages, buoyed by fierce demand for pilots as traffic picks up.

Nearly two-thirds of the pilots said they want to change jobs for better pay and conditions in the next 12 months. However, 89% of those surveyed believe there will be a shortage of pilots in the next five years, up from 66% in 2021.

“Pilots will want their pay to go back to what it was before,” said Mark Charman, chief executive of Goose Recruitment.

“I predict that 2023 will be a year with more pay crisis talk than ever before.”

Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal; Edited by Lisa Shumaker

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