A new survey being carried out as part of the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015 is directly engaging seafarers in order to understand their views on life at sea and outlook for the industry’s manpower in the years ahead. Preliminary results of the new survey indicate that the majority of respondents are content with life at sea.
The survey of seafarers is the first of the targeted surveys for this year’s report. More than 500 seafarers have already responded to the survey, representing over 40 nationalities. Some of the other preliminary findings include:
- 'Happy ships’, timely wage payments and career promotion opportunities were the most popular responses indicated when seafarers were asked about the important factors that influenced their decisions to stay with their current employers
- 66% of the seafarers that responded estimated that it would take them less than three months to secure another job in the industry if they chose to leave their current company
- Basic pay and internet access were the most popular responses provided as improvements in conditions at sea when asked about changes within the past two years.