Not heard anything either but we are hearing increasing numbers of Chefs/Stewards stating they are considering leaving because they know they'll be able to rejoin in less than a month & get themselves a £5K rejoin bounty. A bit of a high risk strategy, but to be fair, the civilian sector are crying out for them also so they ain't going to be unemployed for long.
This last month I interviewed a former RN Chef in their late 40's and they'll be back at sea next month most likely. There are a fair few in the pipeline, some over 50, so nothing would surprise me.
FRI's tend to be the cheaper route to retain those that weren't actually thinking of leaving anyway so whilst those leaving will probably continue do so anyway, those staying are more likely to dip-in if it comes to pass.
As ever, the mob is reactive rather than proactive so it's rewarding those who left but not those who stay... but too bone to see the obvious.
There is an FRI in the application process up in town; the earliest it will be approved will be early 2019. And you have to be outside for a certain length of time before rejoining to qualify for the Golden Hello - off the top of my head it’s 12 months, but I’ll check.
No, there’s not one right now.There is a £5k (pre-tax) joining or rejoining bounty, it's been there for a little while, but is there a Financial Retention Incentive (FRI) for those already serving? If so, how much, when & do you have the reference? That's the question raised in this thread.
unfortunately that is one area, we lack on this site, professional medical advice. His AFCO may be able to give some guidelines but it will still be down to the Doc.How does the medical work for this group? Surely those re-joining in their 40s and 50s will be a little battered and bruised. I know the interview is less ‘intense’ and there may be a six month fitness waiver to get them back in rapidly, but is the medical as stringent? It’s all arranged quickly by all accounts - nearest camp - face to face nurse triage then MO - think Capita are left out of it. Hard copy of medical record to be taken along also. If, for example the person had a relatively serious injury during service which didn’t restrict their ability to perform their role, were not medically discharged and were re-entering a shortage role would the MO exercise discretion? If not then I wonder how many re-joiners get to the medical stage literally a few weeks before the date they have to go back in only to be binned.