Brexit could lead to exodus of maritime talent

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.



Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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