has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, particularly at sea, with 98%
of UK maritime jobs still held by men
Bringing more women into any industry
is beneficial for business and society.
of female-focussed organisations within shipping – such as WISTA – and the
launch of the International Day for Women in Maritime by the International
Maritime Organization have done great work to attract and support women in the
maritime industry. However, there is more to be done
pandemic has negatively impacted the gender pay gap across every industry
The Maritime HR Association, run by Spinnaker, collects pay gap data for the
maritime industry as part of its annual compensation survey
2021 salary data for over 3,300 UK shore-based employees also reveals a decline
in the proportion of women in the industry since the start of the pandemic
the status quo is never easy and bridging shipping’s gender gap will require work
from organisations across the industry. It can be hard to know where to begin,
but there are actions that the maritime industry can take to attract, recruit,
and retain women and minimise the pay gap.
.Improving salary transparency in job
adverts by advertising salary bands can also help to close the pay gap, as
it removes the need to ask candidates what they’re currently earning and what
salary they expect from the new role.
Shipping is way behind the curve when it comes
to bridging the gender gap and it is time for the industry as a whole – and not
just the larger corporate employers – to take decisive action not only to
encourage more women to apply for job roles on offer, but to retain that talent
and deliver pay equity once they are onboard.