We offer an attractive package of rewards and benefits, even when you first join us for your training.


There’s an attractive package of rewards and benefits, even when you train.

Training package

On joining as a Trainee Air Traffic Controller, you’ll get a basic salary of £17,000, along with an attractive benefits package. This will include everything from a contributory pension scheme and generous annual leave to a whole host of voluntary benefits and family friendly policies.

Because we recognise the costs associated with accommodation when you’re training, we also provide a weekly payment of £60* to help you cover your expenses. You may also be eligible to claim a further £1,000* on completion of your college based training (subject to conditional criteria).

College coffee room

Trainees get a basic salary of £17,000, plus an attractive benefits package.

After the college based training completes, you’ll be posted to a NATS Unit for further training. On posting, your salary will increase and be somewhere between £19,423* and £23,307* (depending on where you’re posted).

Qualified package

Once you’ve completed and passed all of your training (college and unit), your salary will rise to £37,014* – £41,253*, again depending on the unit.

With increments, you could potentially earn over £100,000* (inclusive of shift pay) at our Swanwick Centre and Heathrow Tower.

Heathrow Controller

Heathrow and Swanwick Controllers can potentially earn over £100,000.

NATS standard leave arrangements are 28 days per year plus public holidays. More detailed information on benefits will be provided when you join us.

*At 2018 rates.

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