“Career choices are so often based on assumption and the aim of this report is to put this aside and discover what maritime employees really think.”
Working in the maritime sector is about as diverse as it gets. The people needed to keep the world’s ships running safely, efficiently and profitably, at sea or ashore, need to have a combination of the right training, the right technical knowledge and the right commercial aptitudes. As in any industry, the skills required for different roles are very diverse. Some require creativity, some are focused on technical problem solving whilst others are more about having that indefinable element of commercial savvy.
However, what sets the maritime industry apart from many other business sectors is its reliance on people who have been to sea and served at the sharp end of the industry to be involved with the business ashore. We are not just talking about ex-seafarers working in shipping companies, but the myriad of professional maritime service providers who rely on seafarers to bring their experience gained as a deck or engineering officer to the headquarters. Not every insurer, shipbroker, surveyor, lawyer or naval architect needs to have gone to sea, but all of these businesses benefit greatly from having a layer of ex-mariners within the company.
But do seafarers and landlubbers understand each other? Do seafarers have any comprehension of the range of career paths available to them should they decide to come ashore? Do they have realistic salary expectations? Where do maritime professionals think that the best opportunities lie? Do ex-seafarers make good office workers?
- Whilst 69% of all the respondents would follow the same profession again if given a second chance, only half of deck officers would.
- 92% of shoreside workers think it’s at least quite important to have ex-seafarers in the office, whilst 35% say it’s vital.
- Engineering officers think that it is much easier to get a job ashore than deck officers do.
- The least attractive shoreside professions to seafarers are in the law, ship broking and insurance areas.
- 37% of maritime professionals think that SE Asia offers
This summer we asked maritime professionals registered with us what they thought about their careers, the choices they had and what their counterparts earned. We wanted to find out if they regretted the choices they had made and where the best opportunities lie. Did Europeans think they earned more or less than their Asia based colleagues? Are ex-seafarers needed in their office and do they make good colleagues? What are the least attractive shoreside career paths for seafarers? Over 2,000 responded, including 823 serving mariners and the survey threw up some very interesting results.
FASTSTREAM GROUP CEO