Do I Get Paid During My Rotational Time Off?
While the superyacht sector has slowly accepted rotational positions, you may wonder whether you will be getting paid less or if even during your time off. This varies from each yacht and the management team because the costs to the superyacht owner increases, the differences between one vessel to another is the experience for owners and guests. When it comes to yachting, quality is key, delivering luxury service and maintaining a well-run yacht is important and is definitely enhanced by the introduction to rotational crew schedules.
Keep in mind exactly how expensive a serious issue caused by an exhausted crew member can be. Not only could it be an issue that costs hundreds of thousands in repairs to the yacht, but a serious issue could put the very sea-worthiness of the vessel at risk, or even put your life or the lives of your crew members. Even the small issues can be expensive and in comparison, how much cheaper the cost of prevention is to the cost of repair or replacement of crew or vessel.
Often times yacht crew are willing to accept a decrease in annual salary, spread out within 12 months, in order to convert to a rotational position and it is not unheard of for positions such as engineering officers to be paid the same or more for a full rotation, especially when qualified engineers are hard to come by. This is common in the commercial sector which has been slowly shifted over to the superyacht sector.
Whether you get paid less for more time off, the same salary or more, you will get paid your yearly salary spread out within 12 months for rotational positions.