NCOs and other ranks - armed forces

£33,280

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2013

Insufficient data

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning

1.61%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Those holding jobs in this unit group are full-time members of the armed forces of the UK, the Commonwealth and other foreign countries and perform military duties for which there is no civilian equivalent.

Qualifications

For most positions entry does not depend upon academic qualifications. Entrants generally have to pass a selection interview and physical and medical examinations. Entry to certain trades requires GCSEs/S grades or equivalent qualifications.

Typical tasks

  • receives and responds to commands from senior officers;
  • monitors, operates, services and repairs military equipment;
  • takes part in military operations in situations of conflict and provides aid if required in emergency situations such as civil disorder, natural disasters and major accidents;
  • engages in peacekeeping operations and enforces ceasefire agreements;
  • stands watch and guards military establishments and other buildings;
  • trains and exercises using various military equipment and tactics;
  • undertakes specialist activities such as operating communications equipment, driving military vehicles;
  • patrols areas of possible military activity;
  • leads and trains new recruits and lower ranks, looks after their discipline and welfare.

Common job titles

Quartermaster-Sergeant
Flight-Sergeant
Airman (armed forces)
Rating
Airman, Force, Air, Royal
SAC (armed forces)
Technician, aircraft (armed forces)
Bombardier
Master, quarter (armed forces)
Loadmaster (armed forces)
Lance-Sergeant
Wren
Technician, weapons (armed forces)
Aircrewman
Aircraftman
Sapper
Sergeant-Major
Technician (armed forces)
Sergeant (armed forces)
Rating, Navy, Royal
Private (armed forces)
Soldier
Engineer, systems, weapons (armed forces)
Rifleman
Corporal
Infantryman
Aircraftwoman
AB (armed forces)
Paratrooper
GI
Officer, non-commissioned
Seaman (armed forces)
Master at Arms (armed forces)
Engineer, disposal, bomb (armed forces)
Sailor (armed forces)
Aircrew, master (armed forces)
Quartermaster (armed forces)
Airwoman, Force, Air, Royal
Engineer, weapons (armed forces)
Lance-Bombardier
Officer, warrant (armed forces)
Quartermaster-Corporal
Commando, Marines, Royal
Fusilier
Gunner
Lance-Corporal
Marine
Officer, petty (armed forces)
Guardsman

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.