Shipping is back in hiring mode as the markets improve and the world economy attempts to build back better, post-Covid. The uptick is noticeable at Splash Jobs where the number of openings has increased by 40% this year. As of this week, there are 750 jobs across every strand of maritime and offshore posted on this site.
There’s considerable focus on replacement rather than growth hires
Leading recruitment firms are also seeing plenty of HR moves this year.
David Tubb, a director at UK-based Spinnaker, told Splash: “Generally, it feels as though the number of available vacancies is increasing.”
Crewing vacancies, particularly heads of crewing for several large owners, have been especially in demand.
Heidi Heseltine, managing director of Halcyon Recruitment, said overall confidence levels for recruitment are improving in 2021 and activity levels are on the up globally, particularly in locations with low numbers of Covid-19 cases and strong vaccination programmes.
“There’s considerable focus on replacement rather than growth hires but this is primarily as a result from companies holding back in 2020 due to the uncertainty the pandemic created,” Heseltine said.
Both Spinnaker and Halycon are reporting strong recruitment demand from fast growing maritime tech companies too.
Rory McGuire, a partner with Flagship Management, said business development positions along with maritime tech start ups are leading the recruitment drive at the moment. He is also seeing significant demand for extra staff for companies targeting the offshore renewables areas both in Europe and in Asia.
Mark Charman, the CEO of Faststream Recruitment, said that maritime in general has seen a return to hiring confidence in the opening months of 2021.
“Companies that had been in a survival mode are now thinking about thrive mode,” Charman said.
“Organisations have had a lot of time to think and are looking to reinvent themselves in the post-Covid era,” the Faststream boss said, adding that potential candidates who had not been keen to risk changing jobs during the first year of the pandemic are now more willing to move on.
Recent Faststream surveys also show that pay in the maritime sector remains static, and is likely to remain so for the next three to four years. Consequently, people are changing jobs in order to get a pay rise.
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