Royal Air Force

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Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
4.2
734 reviews
Royal Air Force ratings
4.2
Average rating of 734 reviews on Indeed
3.7Work-life balance
4.0Pay & benefits
4.3Job security & advancement
3.8Management
4.2Culture
Headquarters
High Wycombe, UK
Employees
10,000+
Revenue
$1M to $5M (USD)
Industry
Government

Popular jobs at Royal Air Force

 Average salarySalary range
19 salaries reported
£20,768
per year
£10,000-£32,000
14 salaries reported
£27,275
per year
£7,500-£58,000
1 salary reported
£1,100
per month
£600-£1,700
6 salaries reported
£38,667
per year
£19,000-£58,000
1 salary reported
£9.45
per hour
£6.65-£14.20
Salary satisfaction
70%
of the employees are satisfied about their pay
Based on 693 reviews

Royal Air Force reviews

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Overall reviews at Royal Air Force

4.0
Equipment Technician | Wattisham | 15 Aug 2020
All depends on the management
As the Royal Air Force is effectively a government company this means it is not profit driven or needs to be. The workplace can be fantastic however this will depend on the management, it has potential to be a very desirable job or one where you hate. I absolutely loved my first 6 years, a had fantastic management that took the "rough with the smooth" they gave out perks as well as sometimes having to give cons. However this has to be expected in the military. although my recent management are just pushing for more and more production at the cost of moral, when this doesn't need to be done (non profit organisation). Overall I rate this job high, and I think it's great for any young / single people to join whilst i do not recommend any one who has a family.
ProsDepending on management; Early Friday finish, cheap accommodation, family like feel.
ConsMOD terrible contracts on camps that fleece the soldiers, sailors and airmen for money eg. shop prices are absolutely shocking.
4.0
Non-commissioned Officer | United Kingdom | 19 Nov 2019
Fast paced and enjoyable
When in the UK work is very much 9 till 5 unless on shift work, deployed over seas the tempo increases and you have to react to situations as they arise. The hardest part of the job was leaving family and friends when you had to deploy. Work life balance is not bad and you get plenty of time to carry out adventure training and sport activities.
3.0
Aircraft Mechanic | Benson | 16 Dec 2019
Testing and constantly changing
I learned something new every day with things constantly changing around me with different work personnel. My hand skills were always being tested and I was constantly looking to prevent any problems occurring. Hardest part of the job was constantly being away from home with the possibility of being sent away at any point for long periods of time.
4.0
Environmental Consultant | Oxfordshire | 17 Oct 2019
Low pay for responsibilities
Working at a level where civilian Service counterparts are earning up to 40% higher salary for the same responsibilities. The area as a Civil Servant attracts few people due to the low salary against local cost of living.
4.0
Information Systems Technician | United Kingdom | 10 Oct 2019
A brilliant opportunity for any young person wishing to broaden their horizons
If you want to get out and see the world, get experience in fields not open to the average person, and make friends and memories that will last a lifetime, give HM forces a go. Dare yourself to do better.
2.0
Inventory Manager | United Kingdom | 17 Oct 2019
Good to use for life experience
If you join up use it as an opportunity to gain as many free or heavily subsidised qualifications as possible and then leave. The management are usually not qualified or even competent at their job and will expect you to do it for them then do nothing but criticise you.
4.0
Instrument Technician | United Kingdom | 15 Oct 2018
Its a Carreer
Job security is as you want it Its Military service not a job its what you make of it yourself gives you a good trade dependant on what you chose to pursue as a career
5.0
Warrant Officer | Aldergrove | 17 Aug 2015
A wise choice for a career minded individual
Life in the Royal Air Force was many and varied a typical day being 0800-1700 when at home and anything else when detached. Great scope for travel and education You were on call 24hs a day and also paid 24hrs a day. If single there was free food and cheap, good accommodation. There was a great comradery throughout. The hardest part of it all was the separation from your family but that was countered by the travel. All in all a great vocation for the brave and ambitious individual.
ProsTravel, free food cheap accommodation, education and trade and promotion prospects
ConsSeperation, Active service.
4.0
Non-commissioned Officer | United Kingdom | 13 Jan 2014
Exciting & challenging
When based in the UK I worked as a floor manager and training coordinator in a typically administrative role - maintaining rosters, liaison with internal & external agencies on a number of projects, flight planning, organising and participating in continuation training. When working overseas the job was much more high pressure as there was always a time/safety constraint that needed factoring in. In my 12 years of employment within the military I have worked with a variety of personnel from all around the UK, all with a variety of backgrounds. On the whole I would describe personnel in the Royal Air Force as keen, professional and strong-willed. The hardest part of my job was maintaining the work/life balance. The most enjoyable part of the job would have to be the opportunities for adventurous training and the feeling of camaraderie that comes from being part of the Armed Forces.
ProsTravel, Education, Adventurous Training
ConsOverseas Deployments, Long hours
5.0
Engineering Technician | Bury St. Edmunds | 8 Jul 2013
Businees like
Good people, lots of tasks occuring daily which test the morale of personnel. good opportunities for advancement though reduction in numbers and sub contractorisation of certain trades have reduced opportunities. Workload has affected the chances for sport and adventurous training and this has created a very business before pleasure mentality from management who are constantly pushing for work to be completed so their career continues in an upward spiral!! Work hard play hard is still the attitude.
ProsEthos
ConsOperational tempo

Questions and answers about Royal Air Force

How are the working hours at Royal Air Force?
Asked 3 Apr 2017
Varies from job to job. Working in an office tends to be 0800-1700 (depending on workload)
Answered 25 Oct 2019
The RAF is definitely for those who gained half decent qualifications at school, want to serve their country, but don't want the hassle of proper military life (AKA Army). This isn't a criticism, it's from personal experience from being in the Army and now working alongside the RAF as a civilian contractor.
Answered 14 Oct 2017
How should you prepare for an interview at Royal Air Force?
Asked 16 Apr 2017
Read the Times every day. Understand Politics globally. Be prepared to answer question on the current global topics of the day. Know RAF history. Know UK history, especially the 20th Century.
Answered 7 Nov 2017
Be yourself, research the career you would like to pursue and dont be talked into another trade just because they are short, stick with what you require for yourself, if your School/Qualifications enable you to follow your dream.
Answered 14 Oct 2017
Why did you leave your job at Royal Air Force?
Asked 27 Mar 2017
I wanted to have a family with my serving husband. Both deployed back to back and chose family life. Less stressful now.
Answered 8 Jan 2019
I PVR’d (resigned). No job satisfaction or career development as a SNCO allied to the appalling politics within my trade group which added to the frustration.
Answered 1 Jan 2019
How often do pay and performance reviews occur at Royal Air Force?
Asked 7 Nov 2018
Every 12 months
Answered 5 Mar 2020
Annually when I served
Answered 16 Sep 2019
How does someone get hired at Royal Air Force? What are the steps along the way?
Asked 4 Oct 2018
First step is to visit a careers office.
Answered 9 Jun 2019
Visit your local careers office or look online.
Answered 31 Jan 2019