On March 26, 2019, Halcyon Recruitment, in collaboration
with Coracle, published its 10th annual Maritime Employee Survey in which 2,800
respondents took part.
The results show that 62% of shore-based shipping industry
employees are concerned over job security, particularly those employed in
vessel operations. Last year, 56% of workers were concerned about the same
Job security was ranked as the most important aspect — 57%
of respondents — when considering a career move, followed by the reputation of
What is more, 54% of respondents are actively looking to
change jobs, a dramatic increase compared to last year’s findings of 28%.
“It is unsurprising to see job security causing concern to
employees. Volatile market conditions continue. Companies who are in a strong
position financially are often investing by way of mergers and acquisitions.
This is happening across all sectors – tanker, gas, dry, offshore, technology,
finance, broking – and with some very big players,” Heidi Heseltine, Halcyon
Recruitment Chief Executive Officer, said.
“Combined with continued slow economic growth, an uneasy
geopolitical backdrop and fragile economies, uncertainty for employees has only
This year the report also looked at diversity and
discrimination in the workplace for the first time. The survey found that 70%
of participants feel their employer could do more to achieve a diverse and inclusive
workforce. Moreover, 25% of all respondents believe they have been
discriminated against at work.
“Diversity is about much more than just gender politics and,
shockingly, a quarter of respondents in the maritime sector say that they have
been discriminated against in the workplace because of their gender, race,
nationality, age or education,” Heseltine continued.
“A good business is a diverse business and an increasing
number of employers are developing diversity and inclusion policies. 69% of respondents
to our survey said that diversity and discrimination in the workplace was an
extremely or very important issue. I suspect that this trend will only grow in
the maritime place and that employers will need to catch-up,” she added.
Responses to the annual survey were drawn from all the key
maritime centres and included respondents representing all the major trades
working in both commercial and operational roles. The research was undertaken
between December 2018 and January 2019.
The Asia Pacific region is still seen by the majority to
offer the greatest opportunity for work but considerably less so than in
previous years with Europe and the Middle East gaining considerable ground over