A recent article on The Huffington Report claimed that companies in the marine services corporation (MSC) were hiring for “high-paying jobs” and “exclusively for the marine industry”.
The article was titled “Sea Service Companies Are Being Forced To Add ‘Work For the Sea’ Jobs As They Try To Find Employees.”
The article cited figures released by the Australian Government in 2016 and 2017 showing that between July 2016 and March 2017, Australia’s MSCs were hiring “more than 20,000 people for low-paid, temporary jobs.”
The Huffington Post article also claimed that the employment opportunities offered by these marine service companies were “increasingly being taken over by foreign workers.”
However, it also stated that “more people are joining the marine workforce, particularly from countries with low wages and low social mobility.”
These figures are incorrect, according to a research paper that The Huffington News published in September 2017.
The paper, published by the University of Adelaide, found that “the employment figures are not comparable with the numbers of people joining the Australian workforce in other industries.”
In fact, the research paper found that the “number of Australian workers in the ocean sector was only about 3 percent higher in the period 2011 to 2016 than in the same period a decade earlier.”
This is important because it means that “there is a substantial mismatch between the number of workers and the number employed,” according to the report.
According to the research, the MSC was hiring for an “economically and socially stable workforce” with “a long term commitment to the region”.
However, the paper also noted that this is only the case “when working for the MSc” and that “it is important to note that these are only jobs that are available in the MCS, not to the broader Australian economy.”
While the MSSC’s numbers may be higher than those of other Australian employers, the study found that MSC “employees are generally paid well, with some receiving higher levels of benefits than their counterparts at other employers.”
This may be because the Msc is looking for a permanent staff member, rather than simply a temporary staff member who is hired on a temporary basis, the report said.
However, this is not to say that these MSC jobs are “unemployment-free,” as some of the work they are offering is “highly skilled” and requires a “high degree of qualifications and education.”
The MSC’s employment opportunities are becoming increasingly difficult for people in Australia, and it is only going to get more difficult, according the research.
The research paper noted that while “there are significant gaps in Australia’s marine service sector” in terms of skills, experience and training, the number “of MSC workers” is increasing.
A recent report by the ABC News and The Australian also claimed the employment trends for the sector were changing.
The report claimed that “a growing number of young people are turning to the marine sector as a career, with many of them having been drawn to the MOSC in part by their desire to make a better living as a remote worker.”
According to The ABC, a study by the Queensland University of Technology, published in May 2017, found “the MOSCs’ workforce is ageing, and that the number is set to increase”.
However the study also noted the “shift in recruitment” of young Australian workers into the MISCs “could pose challenges to future recruitment and retention of workers”.
The study noted that the MMSC was also “facing significant challenges in recruiting staff” due to “a lack of local and national leadership”.
“The MOSCC is struggling to recruit staff because it is struggling with a shortage of qualified applicants and limited capacity to train staff.”
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.