More than one in two maritime employees are actively seeking a new job

More than one in two maritime employees are actively seeking a new job, a new survey has found, with grave concerns voiced about job security in today’s challenging shipping conditions.

The 10th annual Maritime Employee Survey carried by Halcyon Recruitment and Coracle saw 2,800 respondents take part over a two-month period around the start of the year.

The survey shows job security is now the most important aspect for job seekers when considering a career move.

62% of those surveyed indicated they are concerned about job security compared to 56% in the previous year and when considering a career move, job security ranked as most important followed by reputation of employer.

Commenting on the findings Heidi Heseltine, CEO of Halcyon Recruitment, told Splash: “I’m not surprised to see job security causing increasing concern to employees in our industry. Markets continue to be volatile and companies who are in financially strong positions are often investing by way of mergers and acquisitions – tanker, gas, dry, offshore, technology, finance, broking – it’s happening across all sectors and with some very big names in the industry. This creates huge amounts of uncertainty for employees in a market already unsettled by slowing global growth, heightened political tensions and fragile economies; this is why we are also seeing so many people willing to consider a job move with 54% of participants telling us they are actively looking for a new job and a further 41% stating they are not looking but open to offers.”

Other key findings from the annual maritime survey show that 70% of participants feel their employer could do more to achieve a diverse and inclusive workforce with 24% of those polled believing they have been discriminated at work.

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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.


  1. With “tech and data” about to arrive over the horizon job security should be a concern. New data-driven innovations are just another ingredient that will change the way we work in our industry in the not so distant future.

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