National survey to be launched in a bid to understand salaries in the UK marine industry

by | Aug 12, 2019

For the first time, a national salary survey is being carried out to gain an in-depth insight into the salaries being earned across the marine sector.

Specialist recruitment consultancy firm Marine Resources, has teamed up with British Marine and Maritime UK to carry out the Marine Industry Salary Survey 2019 which also aims to offer support for businesses through the highlighting of common challenges and key trends. You can view and take part in the survey here.

The online questionnaire will appeal to both employees and employers, in a bid to get everyone to share info on both remuneration and the recruitment process. The data will then be analysed and published for all to see, with the participating businesses receiving a report detailing the survey’s findings.

The survey will be anonymous, and anyone who does wish to take part will have the chance to win £100 in Amazon vouchers.

It’s intended that the results will outline the current market rates for certain roles, as well as the positions that present the most significant recruitment challenges. It is also designed to help ensure fairer salaries for staff in the future.

Marine Resources have stated that the results are also expected to be of use to organisations that are aiming to fill both entry and mid-level roles – where currently there’s very little marine-specific salary data available.

Marine Resources Managing Director, James Ward, said: “People don’t often talk about how much they earn or pay others but at an industry level, we’ve always believed that salary information should be transparent.

“Every day we help people make career decisions, and we are committed to keeping our candidates, and the marine market as a whole, fully informed as to the salaries they can command before making such important choices.

“Equally for employers, having accurate intelligence on current salary levels for a wide range of common roles will assist them in their recruitment efforts and help them as they plan for the future in the UK’s post-Brexit economy.”

Employers who take part in the survey will be asked about the salaries they offer for certain roles, as well as which positions they have recently filled. They’ll also be asked about which functions they find challenging to find funds for and the reasons why.

The employee survey will ask questions that focus on market sector and region, as well as the nature of the role, and how satisfied people are with their employment packages. It’s also designed to see whether employees have skills that have transferred from other industries, and if people would consider working in other, unrelated sectors.

British Marine is supporting the research, and its Commercial Director, Dean Smith, said: “British Marine is always looking to add value and offer market insight to our members. We are often asked for guidance on salary benchmarking to ensure the sector remains competitive and skills gaps can be better understood.

“Equally, as part of our lobbying efforts, this type of intelligence can potentially inform our discussions with the Government and help drive positive change at a legislative level. Overall, we believe being part of the Marine Industry Salary Survey 2019 is an appropriate way of using data to open up the discussion about a crucial part of people’s working lives – and fundamentally strengthen the industry.”

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