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8.1

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  • Best thing

    Good team, good shift pattern, money not bad.

    Worst thing

    Other people undermining what we do

    9.4

    Employee, January 2021

    • Manages people
    • Β£16,500 per year, working a 21 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Every day is different

    Worst thing

    Dealing with traumatic incidents

    8.9

    Firefighter, January 2021

    • Β£31,000 per year, working a 48 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Work life balance, interesting work

    Worst thing

    Poor pay for the work we do. Older member discriminate younger members

    9.4

    Firefighter, January 2021

    • Β£24,800 per year, working a 48 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • Less than a year experience
  • Best thing

    well respected

    Worst thing

    poor employer appreciation

    4.2

    Watch manager, January 2021

    • Manages people
    • Β£36,000 per year, working a 42 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Helping people

    Worst thing

    Demands on time

    8.8

    Station manager, December 2020

    • Manages people
    • Β£55,000 per year, working a 42 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    I joined to use my skills to help people and I still really enjoy that aspect of the job. It's a great feeling when you've just rescued someone, saved their home or cut them from their car and handed them safely over to paramedics. It's what I joined to do

    Worst thing

    The pay isn't enough to support a family or even get a mortgage here in the south east. The take home pay is around Β£1900 per month. Can be around Β£2000 if you're on duty on a bank holiday or pick up a shout at the end of a couple of shifts, but that's rare. If you have children you will most certainly need to take on a second job on your off duty days which in turn means you are constantly exhausted.
    It did come with the benefit of a very good pension to compensate for the poor pay, but the government have now taken that away and replaced it with one that pays far less and probably not worth signing up to.
    If you do sign up for it, you'd need to work untill age 60 and do 40 years service for a full pension which would still be much much less than the previous pension and almost certainly unachievable.
    Management are constantly after more work and attack our conditions almost daily. To protect ourselves we have to really be on the ball and consider very carefully what is being asked of us. This has obviously lead to a less than happy work environment unfortunately.
    I don't want to tell people not to join, but be aware this job is being attacked constantly and probably isn't the job you think it is. It certainly isn't the job I joined at the start of my career

    3.7

    Firefighter, December 2020

    • Β£38,000 per year, working a 42 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    shift pattern

    Worst thing

    Dealing with some people

    7.4

    Firefighter, December 2020

    • Β£38,500 per year, working a 43 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Saving lives

    Worst thing

    Can’t book time off

    6.6

    Firefighter, December 2020

    • Β£31,000 per year, working a 42 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Shift patterns and time off from work

    Worst thing

    pay is low and lots to learn

    9.4

    Fire fighter, November 2020

    • Β£23,500 per year, working a 48 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • Less than a year experience
  • Best thing

    Working with a great set of people

    Worst thing

    The polltics

    5.8

    Firefighter, November 2020

    • Β£31,000 per year, working a 48 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Working as a team

    Worst thing

    The jobs you go to

    8.2

    Firefighter, November 2020

    • Β£31,000 per year, working a 48 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Different everyday.
    Good people.
    Helping others
    Shift pattern

    Worst thing

    Senior Management
    Salary
    Lack of respect

    6.6

    Watch commander, October 2020

    • Manages people
    • Β£36,000 per year, working a 42 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    The team

    Worst thing

    The organisation and night shifts

    4.6

    Firefighter, October 2020

    • Β£31,000 per year, working a 42 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    shift pattern

    Worst thing

    pay has not kept track with cost of living

    10.0

    Firefighter, October 2020

    • Β£14.51 per hour
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Helping proole

    Worst thing

    Not getting recognised

    8.1

    Firefighter, October 2020

    • Β£43,000 per year, working a 60 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    No two days are the same

    Worst thing

    Shift work - nights

    8.8

    Fire fighter, September 2020

    • Β£31,100 per year, working a 48 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • 1–3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Shift pattern. Every day is different

    Worst thing

    Poor annual pay rises

    8.9

    Firefighter, August 2020

    • Β£31,100 per year, working a 42 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    The people I work with

    Worst thing

    Upper management

    5.2

    Control room operator, August 2020

    • Β£30,000 per year, working a 48 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Helping people and firefighting

    Worst thing

    Dead people

    7.8

    Firefighter, June 2020

    • Β£14.00 per hour
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience
  • Best thing

    Varied , challenging and rewarding

    Worst thing

    Sone of the things we have to deal with professionally and often unsociable hours.

    10.0

    Crew manager, March 2020

    • Manages people
    • Β£42,500 per year, working a 48 hour week
    • More than 3 years experience