Will I Get Paid Less On a Rotational Role?

Working in the yachting industry is a great career which, for the most part, comes with advancement within your yacht job, a generous salary and a well-traveled life. Some yacht crew take on seasonal roles, full time or rotational roles – while rotational roles are hard to come by, it has slowly become more of an accepted standard in the superyacht sector. The less crew members that are full time and burnt out from work, the happier and more hardworking the overall crew onboard are.

The big question is, do I get paid less on a rotational role as opposed to a full time position? Rotational positions vary from 5 months on, 1 month off or 2 months on, 2 months off, etc. It varies from yacht to yacht, as an example, if you started out on a full time contract and after a few years have spoken and decided with the captain and yacht management to switch to a rotational contract, you may get paid the same, or less, salary spread out within 12 months but with more time off. Due to the fact that they will have to hire two of you but a lot of yacht crew are willing to accept a decrease in annual salary in order to convert to a rotational position because this allows you to spend more time at home with family and friends, travel etc.

However, if you are on a full rotation, because of the industry standard shifted over from the commercial sector to yachting, especially for the Engineer Officers it is not unheard of to have the same salary or more compared to a full time position. That being said, it all depends on the yacht management onboard and how the superyacht is run.