Yes and No.
Usually you will need a type in the aircraft that they operate. At the very least, some time and currency is prefered. It's like any other flying job in that sense.
If you do your homework before you join, then you should not have too many problems. I ahve worked for one airline which I did not care for but it was a short rotation of 2 months and I will not be going bak there as I had the opportunity to change my fleet as well as base. It's a bit like you scratch my back & I'll scratch yours.
This particular ACMI job IS different from the more normal agency "fixed-term" contract where you go for 1 year, 3 or 5 years with the same airline. Although I work for one ACMI airline and wear one uniform all the time, the aircraft I fly may have different logos. It's called wet lease. I've worked for 5 airlines in my two years but I have not changed my employer, if you follow. I know it can be confusing but this is a unique company and variety is certainly the spice of life. As an independent contractor, I could refuse an assignment (which I've never done although I have been reluctant to go to certain places) but then they will most likely not call you for your services.
The contract is a yearly ad hoc one but I might change it at the next renewal to give a better rotation of 6 on, 2 off.
There is a certain amount of flexibility in this type of work and for me, it works while I'm waiting to see if there are opportunities back home worth taking or stay here a while, get my command and make up for all those months of unemployment when no one would give me time of day. The boot is on the other foot now!
Hey were you at N7 too? You might have told me that joke about the guy who services the sewer tanks on jetliners and is covered in human waste everday. When asked "why not get a better job" and his reply was "And Leave Aviation"?
That same guy once told me that he "wasted his youth flying seaplanes in SE Alaska". Are you that guy?
There is currently a hiring boom going on abroad, espically in China and in India at the moment. In India they are very short of crews, butr its only for captns. For example, there is one company that need 18 A320 captns as soonb as possiable. %00 hrs min on the type pic, pay is 7,000 us dollars a month, tax free, housing is free etc. Live like a king in India with that, but the problem is is that its not for everyone. You have to remember that its their country, repect their ideas. I currently work for a lowley regional but I have a very good family friend who actually recruits for a few of these places, so if any one is intrested PM me Iand i will forward the resume or get you more info. Its crazy how we are doing so badly here but the rest of the world is booming. Good luck to everyone.
You are partially correct, most do but not all. Airborne Personnel and Direct Personnel are just two agencies that regularly recruit ICAO ATPL incl. FAA licensed personnel for various contracts. Matter of fact, I have both FAA & JAR medicals but my license is FAA as are my type ratings and I can fly legally with these because I have a European validation which my company gives me (valid for 1 year because they kinda expect you to get a full JAR license after a while). However, I have been here almost 2 years and they have renewed it once when I switched (@company's behest) to another aircraft type. There are plenty of Americans and Canadians here with similar circumstances. You don't even need a "right to live and work in EU", not sure why but we have many worldwide bases not just in Europe and we do move around quite a bit.
So the answer is it depends on the wording of the contract, If it says MUST have JAR license, then you're basically screwed. However, if it says ICAO/FAA/JAR, then that's different. Ask the company up front.
Hope that helps.