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 £15.220 - £39,000 depending on the 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 a Railcard for £15 a year and get up to a third off standard rail fares across the country.

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

Everyone in the RAF can ask for flexible working hours, although your line manager will have to consider how much flexibility can be accommodated. Flexible working is for everyone. There are a number of reasons people have a flexible working arrangement. They include avoiding congestion, personal development, caring responsibilities for a relative or child related.

You do not have to give a reason to request flexible working, although it would be useful in helping your chain of command to support you in other ways.

COMPRESSED HOURS

Compressed hours means working full time hours in a shorter time frame, by working longer hours over less days. This can be particularly helpful when a long weekend commute is necessary.

THE FLEXIBLE DUTIES TRIAL

This is an ongoing two year project being conducted in the Armed Forces to allow Regular Service Personnel to reduce their commitment or work less than full time for a defined period.

CALL FORWARD OF LEAVE

This enables service personnel to call forward up to 10 days leave of their Annual Leave Allowance from the upcoming leave year.

WORKING FROM HOME

Working from home allows you to carry out your work at home, or another location. This can help to give you flexibility to combine work and personal commitments.

Working from home can either be done on an ad hoc or regular basis. As with all longer term flexible working requests, an agreement is required which must be formalised in writing.

Working from home doesn’t have to be done from your home, you could work from an appropriate location.

TRANSFER OF LEAVE BETWEEN SERVING SPOUSES OR CIVIL PARTNERS

Transfer of leave allows Service personnel to apply to transfer up to 10 days leave (15 for those assigned to and Operational Tour of six months or longer), from their Annual Leave Allowance to their serving spouse or civil partner. The donor must still be able to take a minimum of 28 days leave in Public Holidays, in their current leave year.

 

VARIABLE START AND FINISH TIMES

Variable start and finish times allow you to start and finish your working day at different times from those considered the ‘norm’ within your unit, whilst keeping the same number of hours considered to be normal for your role.

ANNUAL LEAVE

Service Personnel are entitled to 38 days leave per year. We give additional leave for relocation if it's for a service move.

FLEXIBLE SERVICE

Flexible Service will allow Serving Personnel to request temporary periods of part time working and/or limits to separated service for a defined period. This will allow eligible Service Personnel to request temporary periods of Flexible Service which may include part time working, restricted separation or a combination of both. The maximum consecutive period of Flexible service is 3 years with a cumulative maximum of 4 years Flexible Service in a 12 year period.

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.

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