The UK’s decision to leave the EU has the potential to drive many of its maritime employees away, according to the results of a survey issued by industry recruitment group Faststream.
A survey to UK based maritime employees, issued following the Brexit results on Friday, shows that over 39% of employees who wouldn’t previously have looked at a move away from the UK would now consider roles overseas, with a further 23% undecided.
“It’s a leave vote for the UK and a leave vote for UK maritime employees” commented Mark Charman, Faststream Group CEO.
Charman continued; “Global mobility has always been a positive aspect of working in the maritime industry. 66% of respondents to our survey would have considered a role outside the UK prior todays Brexit results, which shows just how flexible the maritime workforce are. The uncertainty that a leave vote brings just adds fuel to the fire.”
The UK, like many other global maritime hubs, already faces a serious shortage of talent in shore-based operations. The opportunity for UK employees to secure jobs away for its shores will be possible for many, but not all.