Hi guys just a quick one does anybody know about pay scales where to find them as had no real info. I know I'm starting on 20k and it says when you get to sg1b go up in pay. Does anybody know of time scales???
Certain tasks attract Significant Operational Tasking Allowance (SOTA), paid at £60/m if you are qualified for the task, half rate if doing it but not qualified. Standing Sea Emergency Party (SSEP) is one of the tasks that attracts SOTA, primarily in recognition that you get called out at inconvenient hours and aren't permitted any alcohol whilst at sea. SSEP are the first responders to an incident or emergency onboard.
There is an allowance of £4.50/day payable if you are berthed in a non-RFA cabin against your wishes, though some cabins without natural light have been passed and do not attract the allowance, and it is often preferable to take a substandard EMF cabin in preference to some of the approved cabins!
Station allowances are paid for Far East (anything east of Suez), North America and even Home Fleet (pennies per day to compensate for lack of duty free).
Qualifications attracting an allowance include Ship's Cook certificate for supply officers, Aircraft Control for helicopter controllers and Higher Communications for CRs.
The new pay structure - likely to be imposed later this year - does away with most allowances, including removing SOTA for everything except SSEP.
Training units traditionally embark on an old Fort for their first trip. As only Fort Austin is active at the moment, it is easy enough to guess where the next batch of trainees is headed. But don't count on it, other factors can easily trump tradition.