Maritime gender pay gap still enormous

On the second anniversary of the obligation to report gender pay figures in the UK, HR Consulting from maritime recruitment specialists Spinnaker Global brought together a group of maritime HR professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities on gender diversity within shipping.

Using their 2018 Maritime HR Association salary survey data, HR Consulting were able to provide an overview of the gender pay gap within UK shore-based maritime.

Conducted in the spirit of the UK legislative requirements, the figures show men earn nearly 44% more than women based on mean average salaries. Men are more likely to receive a bonus too, with that bonus almost 60% higher than those paid to female employees. There is a very little change compared to last year, so the group came together to discuss why the pay gap exists and what can be done to try and reduce it. Some of the key themes arising were culture change. The industry has a reputation of being traditional, structured and reluctant or slow to change. This environment is limiting opportunities to improve gender diversity and rather than wait for the change to come, attendees expressed the desire to challenge some of those traditions, structures and ways of working.

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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