PAY & BENEFITS

Joining the Royal Air Force entitles you to a highly competitive benefits package that includes everything from bonuses to a gym membership and discounts for you and your partner.

FINANCES

ENTRY LEVEL SALARIES

Range from £14,000 - £39,000 depending on role. When training with the RAF you will be paid from the beginning. While in the RAF your day-to-day living costs are dramatically lower, meaning you end up with more disposable cash in your pocket.

DISCOUNTS

All members of the RAF and their partners are entitled to a range of discounts through Defence Discount Service. You will also be able to buy an Railcard for £15 a year and get up to a third off standard rail fares across the country.

BONUSES

RAF personnel who have served for nine and a half years and not given notice to leave may earn a bonus of £5,500. Those who spend between 12 and 18 years are awarded a grant up to three times their annual pension to assist with settling back into civilian life.

PENSION

The RAF is committed to helping its personnel with retirement. The size of your pension will depend on your length of service and rank on retirement. Visit our Armed Forces Pension Calculator to find out how much you could be entitled to.

The average UK worker has approximately £150 of spare income compared to £180 for RAF employees.

The average UK worker has approximately £150 of spare income compared to £180 for RAF employees.

BENEFITS

ACCOMMODATION

Rent for those living in single barrack accommodation, also known as a Mess, includes all utility bills. A furnished two-bedroom property for an officer is between £114 and £453 per month, and between £75 and £242 per month for other ranks. Alternative accommodation on and off base is also available at lower rental costs than the UK average

SPORTS

As a member of the RAF you’ll have the opportunity to take part in adventurous training to develop vital military skills. We sponsor talented personnel to compete at the highest level, provide time off for training and subsidise travel, entry fees and equipment costs. We do the same for personnel who are competing or representing the RAF in authorised sporting events.

FOOD

We offer subsidised on-base catering for all RAF personnel (around £28 per week for three good quality meals a day), that caters for all dietary requirements and is fresh, tasty and nutritious. Having subsidised food and accommodation helps to increase your disposable income and leaving you with more money in your pocket at the end of each month.

HEALTH

As RAF personnel you will have excellent private healthcare and dental care. Not only is this a free service, but it’s also readily available at a moment’s notice. Specialists are always around to provide the care and treatment you need. Whether you’re feeling unwell, have a toothache, or get injured playing sports, our high standard care ensures you get well quickly.

A typical UK gym membership is £400 per year - in the RAF you get full access for free.

A typical UK gym membership is £400 per year - in the RAF you get full access for free.

FLEXIBLE WORKING

TIME ABROAD

As the RAF we maintain an active overseas presence, with bases in Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Ascension Island. If you’re posted abroad, we will cover your relocation costs. On operation, we’ll also cover your accommodation costs, food costs and you may also qualify for additional allowance.

HOLIDAY ALLOWANCE

When you work for the RAF you are entitled to six weeks of paid holiday each year, plus public holidays.

MATERNITY & PATERNITY LEAVE

Servicewomen have two basic maternity options in the RAF: return to work after a period of maternity leave or leave the RAF due to the pregnancy. Generally, servicewomen qualify for up to 26 weeks of statutory maternity pay.

They may also qualify for additional maternity entitlements. Servicemen are also entitled to a two-week paternity leave.

You are entitled to six weeks holiday each year, plus public holidays.

You are entitled to six weeks holiday each year, plus public holidays.

FIND YOUR ROLE

Whether you want to fly a fast jet, gather intelligence or cater for our personnel, we have the role for you.

CAREER PROGRESSION

There are plenty of opportunities for development throughout your career in the RAF.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

We train everyone to the highest standards in order to gain invaluable skills and qualifications.

FIND YOUR ROLE

Whether you want to fly a fast jet, gather intelligence or cater for our personnel, we have the role for you.

CAREER PROGRESSION

There are plenty of opportunities for development throughout your career in the RAF.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

We train everyone to the highest standards in order to gain invaluable skills and qualifications.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

FIND YOUR ROLE