"Traditionally, women don’t seem to be attracted to security officer roles," said Cathy Brennan, Stansted’s recruitment and training manager. "We’re looking for people who have customer service experience and enjoy meeting and dealing with people."
Key criteria for applicants is a five year checkable work history, full colour vision, customer focus and a desire to deliver excellent customer service. In return successful candidates will receive good rates of pay, free uniform and free parking as well as staff shopping benefits.
The posts involve shift work, normally four to six hours at a time and including early and late shifts, with a basic 240 hours over the six month period. Anyone interested in applying can get more information by logging on to www.baa.com/careers and enter vacancy number STN381.
Braintree resident Heather Guilder, a mum in her 40s with grown up children, joined Stansted’s security team last May as a seasonal security officer.
She’d previously worked as a restaurant manager so had a background in customer service which helped her application.
"The airport’s a great place to work. It’s a very buzzy atmosphere and is always interesting," said Heather. "You work with lots of different people, both staff and passengers so it is never dull. Shift working suits my lifestyle and allows me to maintain a healthy work-life balance - I would certainly encourage other women to apply for the roles on offer."