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Pilot Recruitment

Become a PLA Pilot


Would you like to pilot some of the biggest ships in the world along one of the world’s most famous rivers?
Our Pilots board all types of vessels, from the biggest container ships and tankers to warships and cruise ships visiting London, using their experience and local knowledge to ensure the safe passage in, out and around the tidal Thames. They operate 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and, at times in challenging conditions, working to keep trade and visitors flowing on the heartbeat of London.
Find out what some recent joiners have to say about the job.
Training and career development is a continuous focus for our Pilots.
Frequently asked questions about a career as a PLA Pilot.
The role means a long and rewarding career on the tidal River Thames.
Our recruitment process has four stages to ensure that candidates are well-suited to a demanding role.

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If you share our vision, meet our minimum criteria and you think you've got what it takes, send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@pla.co.uk.

Our team of 100+ Pilots keep trade flowing.