Careers

Careers at Wightlink

Our mission is to be the easiest way to cross the Solent with outstanding customer service and we’re always looking for those of you who can help us deliver on it.

We’re after passionate, customer-focused people across a huge variety of jobs and roles, from seasoned seafarers to shore-based staff working in our head office.

Current vacancies

About us

  • We’re the leading cross-Solent ferry operator, carrying 4.5 million people across the Solent ever year.

  • We have eight ferries running on three routes serving six ports.

  • We’re striving for a greener future, with a hybrid-energy flagship ferry and a host of environmentally friendly initiatives

Wightlink staff member at Portsmouth Gunwharf port helps a customer

Why work for us

  • Competitive salary

  • Complimentary ferry travel, food and drink discounts and free parking

  • Partner benefits, including railway, retail and discounts

  • Seafarers: work at sea but still go home at night

  • Generous annual leave allowance and company pension contributions

Member of staff at Wightlink's Portsmouth Gunwharf ticket office

Current vacancies

Chief Officer / 1st Mate (Fixed Term)

  • Portsmouth to Fishbourne ferries and Portsmouth to Ryde catamarans

  • £23.81 - £26.33 per hour (£17.85 - £19.75 while training)

  • Opportunity to work at sea but still go home at night

More information about the Chief Officer / 1st Mate (Fixed Term) role

Chief Engineer Officer

  • Portsmouth to Fishbourne or Lymington to Yarmouth ferries

  • Competitive salary

  • Opportunity to work at sea but still go home at night

More information about the Chief Engineer Officer role

Rating (Lymington to Yarmouth Fixed Term)

  • Lymington to Yarmouth ferries

  • Notional 35 rostered hours per week

  • £12.37 per hour (£9.27 whilst training)

More information about the Rating (Lymington to Yarmouth Fixed Term) role

Café Steward (Fixed Term)

  • Portsmouth Gunwharf, Lymington, and Ryde port cafes

  • 20-35 rostered hours per week, across 3-5 days, covering weekends and bank holidays

  • £11.08 per hour (£9.50 per hour whilst training)

More information about the Café Steward (Fixed Term) role

Cabin Assistant (Fixed Term)

  • Portsmouth Gunwharf to Fishbourne ferries

  • 20-35 rostered hours per week across 3-5 days, covering weekends and bank holidays

    Starting at our Portsmouth Gunwharf port with earliest start time of 05:30 and latest finish time of 22:30

  • £9.85 per hour (£8.91 per hour whilst training)

More information about the Cabin Assistant (Fixed Term) role

Assistant Steward (Fixed Term)

  • Portsmouth Gunwharf to Fishbourne ferries

  • 20-35 rostered hours per week, across 3-5 days, covering weekends and bank holidays

    Starting at our Portsmouth Gunwharf port with earliest start time of 05:30 and latest finish time of 22:30

  • £11.39 per hour (£8.91 whilst training)

More information about the Assistant Steward (Fixed Term) role

Rating (Portsmouth to Fishbourne Fixed Term)

  • Portsmouth to Fishbourne ferries

  • Notional 35 rostered hours per week

  • £12.37 per hour (£9.27 whilst training)

More information about the Rating (Portsmouth to Fishbourne Fixed Term) role

People and culture

We’re an equal opportunities employer with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion. As long as you’re friendly, passionate and customer-focused, you could work for us.

Having ferry or marine industry experience is great but it’s not essential to starting your career with Wightlink – we’ll consider all applicants.

As members of the Armed Forces Covenant, we proudly support those who have served our country and have a history of employing former armed forces recruits.

Our green agenda

We care about the environment, taking action to protect the sea, land and air that surrounds us. Find out about our Green Agenda and how you can help us achieve our eco ambitions. 

Read up on our environmental commitments
Victoria of Wight in Solent, Greenstar Gold logo 2019/2020