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An end-of-year review – 2023 in 500 words!

As 2023 draws to an end we have taken a look back at the last 12 months and business achievements this year.

In February, Spinnaker’s Managing Director of the Executive Search division Teresa Peacock found herself voted one of the Top women 100 shipping by for the fourth year running. Well done Teresa!

March was Women’s History Month and we also celebrated International Women’s Day with a series of blogs from female trailblazers in the maritime sector. They shared their advice to young women starting out in the industry.

In honour of World Earth Day, we focused on all things environmental in April with a series of guest blogs from industry experts in the ESG sector.

On the 5th April, UK organisations with a headcount of over 250 were required to provide a snapshot of their gender pay gap. Spinnaker’s Maritime HR Association showed that the gender pay gap in the maritime industry is improving, despite being a whopping 39.95%! Only 15% of Executive Leadership roles within our membership are held by women and they are more likely to be found in corporate functions such as IT, finance and HR.

May is always special as we host our annual Maritime People & Culture conference in London. This year was our 15th event and sessions covered purpose, creating high-performing teams, diversity, equity and inclusion, hybrid working, and the 4-day week. We’re already planning the 2024 agenda for the event which will take place on the 16th & 17th May.

In June we celebrated the International Day of the Seafarer again with a series of blogs from seafarers past and present. They gave helpful advice for young people contemplating a career at sea.

The summer months saw a focus on salary and wage benchmarking for Spinnaker’s HR Consulting division. In July, seafarer wage cost reports were released to participating clients. The reports provide a summary of wages paid to Officers and ratings on vessel types including bulk carriers and tankers.

Over the summer months, Spinnaker’s data team start analysing data for shore-based jobs such as technical superintendents and operators in all of the major shipping hubs. This year’s survey was the biggest in its’ 17-year history with data from 104 shipping companies included, which represents over 50,000 maritime professionals! The 2023 survey reports were released to participating companies and members of the Maritime HR Association in October and they enable clients to check they are paying their staff in line with the market.

In September, Spinnaker hosted their annual OSCAR Dragon Boat at London’s Docklands Sailing Club. The event raises money for Great Ormond Street to help fund research into treatment for leukaemia for sick children. The event has raised over £2.7 million since its’ conception in 2011.

Spinnaker celebrated its 26th birthday in October with a series of photo throwbacks of the team in 1997 (for those who were born!) and guest blogs looking at how the maritime sector has changed and evolved over the years.

In November we launched ‘Consultants Corner’ where Principal Recruitment Consultant Liam Daly shared his expertise with clients and candidates, and Senior Recruitment Consultant Tom Brooks ran a series of posts giving recruitment advice to solicitors.

And here we are in December looking forward to our Christmas party and the holiday season with our friends and family.

We wish our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year and we look forward to working with you in 2024!

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