Divers Pay

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  1. I have applied to join as a clearance diver and have my PEDA in nov. Just reading on the RN website i have noticed that like submariners, air crew and hydrographers. Divers also receive additional pay, although it is not specified the amount on the RN site. Just wondered if any MCDs could just enlighten me on how the additional pay works and the rough amount? Just out of interest...
  2. ATMYW* Allowance is huge.

    *All The Mirrors You Want. :thumright:
  3. Page 64 of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body's report for 2008 (link) contains these figures:

    RN Diver (Able rate) Cat 3
    £10.98 per day.

    RN Diver (Leading rate and MCDO not in post requiring immediate control of diving ops) Cat 4
    £19.06 per day.

    RN Diver (Petty Officer and above including MCDO in post requiring immediate control of diving ops) Cat 5
    on appointment = £27.17 per day.
    after 3 years = £29.48 per day.
    after 5 years = £31.21 per day.

    (Edited to add: N.B. Right click on the page to rotate it clockwise.)
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    In other words, once fully trained & qualified as a Diver, as NG has stated, your gross monthly income is around £330 over & above the base rate of pay.
  5. I am at Raliegh and have 12 days left (not that I'm counting) and I'm going for MCD.

    I am concentration ALL of my efforts of even getting through aptitude week. Pay is irrelevent to me at the moment. Although, I wasn't aware it was so much.

    But we got to get there first mate.
  6. Why did you delete your last comment?
  7. someone answered the question i was going to ask before i could post it. Dont get me wrong im not just thinking about the money, just exited about it all and want to get on with it.

    Good luck with you aptitude week, would be interested to hear how it goes.
  8. You are entitled to the Full Rates of Specialist Pay (Diving) for every day you serve provided you keep yourself 'in date' and medically 'fit to dive'. This involves passing an annual diving medical examination and an initial H&SE diving medicine course (includes First Aid to Med Tech standard) plus refresher every three years.
  9. is the pay in high band?
  10. No VLF.

    Very Low Frequency........ Oh, Tax bands.
    "Coat and Taxi, please my good man."
  11. I think he means pay band NZ - since Pay 2000 there are two different pay bands for ratings.

    Yes Garry, I believe that Divers are one of only two branches on the higher band at Able Rate, not 100% certain as that's off the top of my head, which like the rest of my body is knocking on a bit.
  12. thanks for the reply :) i think it is true well i hope as im going in as a diver (hopefully) past my RT tests just always good to hear the pay isnt that bad.
  13. I find it strange talking of specialist pay and not even in the mob yet.

    Priorities. get in first and qualify.

    It's fine having aspirations, but disappointment can be a real curse if you start thinking too far ahead of yourself then fail for some minor problem.
  14. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You are absolutely 100% correct.

    Specialist pay is only awarded when you qualify, after the candidate joins & this may be quite some time after joining AND the qualifying rules and rates of pay will most likely change before the potential joiner even gets there.

    It's good to know, but if the individual is purely motivated by the additional pay, then they may well be disappointed later in their career.
  15. I talk from experience.

    I wanted to be Aircrew, (rating).

    Failed at the interview stage first time.

    Second course I elected to remove myself from course due to headaches after each navigation stage. (Worst decision in my life ever).

    Third time passed, worked around my headache problem. At no stage did the money come into it. I simply wanted to fly in helicopters.

    If truth be known I would have done it for the sheer pleasure, but the money was a bonus.

    They pay specialist pay for a reason. Be it hazardous, or requiring certain skills. The training is therefore intense and needs 120% dedication. Something I never gave on my 2 first attempts.

    Get in first - you may not like the navy or the life. It's not for everyone, but those that chose it as a career, get out what they put in and the rewards!
  16. Can it be true that a diver, upon completion of course, is paid the high band Able Rating rate of £27599 per year? And this is before specialist pay of ~£300 a month. Seems a bit high.
  17. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    No, unfortunately far from it.

    Try £16,227 plus diving pay when qualified.

    If your looking at Current Rates of Pay then you'll find that £27,559 is the upper pay band (increment Level 9) after your ninth nautical birthday, at today's rates.

    Ideally after 9 years continuous service you would be on far more than £27.5K because you will have also advanced through one or two ranks as well. (Admittedly not everyone does, but the majority have at least reached Leading Hand within that timescale).
  18. i thought divers were on the upper band
  19. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    They are, but not before they are fully trained.

    The Rates of Pay indicates the low pay band increment level one to higher pay band top increment level for each rank. So your pay will fall between the upper and lower figures depending on time served (Increment Level) & pay banding (Upper or Lower).
  20. oh i understand thanks for the detailed information :).

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