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Becoming a Port of London Authority Pilot opens the door to a long and rewarding career on the tidal Thames.

As a Port of London Authority employee, you’ll have access to generous benefits, including:

  • A starting salary of £63,195 per annum, inclusive of allowances, with linked progression through the Pilot classes
  • A working pattern of nine days on watch, six days off duty once qualified
  • 28 days leave per annum, rising to 30 days when you reach Class I Pilot
  • A relocation allowance when moving within 12 months of obtaining Class 4 Pilot authorisation
  • Private health insurance
  • A generous pension, which includes death-in-service cover and pension benefits for dependants
  • Discounted leisure centre membership
  • A structured training programme with supported continuous professional development

Also read:

• The Role of a Pilot

It’s a challenging career that requires rigour, determination and commitment. You’ll be responsible for vessels from all over the world.

• Our Pilot Training Programme

During your training, we will provide ongoing professional support, as you acquire the skills needed to become a Port of London pilot.

• Meet Our Trainees

Recent recruits share their insights on joining the PLA.

• FAQs

Commonly asked questions about our Pilotage department.

• Benefits

As a Port of London Authority employee, you’ll have access to generous benefits.

• Application Process

How to submit an application and what happens after you apply.

• Pilot Recruitment

• PLA Pilotage Services