Women undervalued in the maritime industry

According to Rachel Morgan, journalist at the Spinnaker Global, women are strongly undervalued in the maritime sector. For instance, women who work in the shipping industry get paid 45% less than men. The BBC gender pay gap is around 10%, same as the Home Office. It’s not quite Easyjet’s 50% pay gap, but it’s not far off – and it’s not good enough. This is an important matter that needs attention.

Next to this, there is a great imbalance of gender within shipping. For many years, women have only made up 2% of the general seafaring workforce. Of 6,500 engine officers at sea, only 1% are female. The shipping industry is tough on women. It is very male-dominated, which is entrenched in many parts of the industry. For example, last year it was reported that a massive 50% of female seafarers said sexual harassment on board ships is “an issue”,

The Maritime HR Association, which collates and analyses shipping salary data and is dedicated to revealing the shipping pay gap, found that 0.17% of the women studied were on executive leadership teams.

On a positive note, more and more people are sitting up to take notice of this issue. Transparency is coming by writing these articles. To persevere this changing process the maritime industry could make its careers more visible in schools. Tell young women that they can grow up to be Master Mariners, Naval Architects, Maritime Lawyers, and CEOs! Also for the wider world, shipping needs positive press. As Lilian Greenwood, MP of the Women in Maritime Sector Taskforce, said: “A plan to tackle gender inequality isn’t just ‘nice to have’, it’s essential, because right now our maritime sector is missing out on the skills and talents of outstanding women.”

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Obtained from: Fawcettsociety.org.uk


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