Leading factors in job satisfaction of Chinese seafarers

Kevin X. Li, Jingbo Yin, Meifeng Luo, Jin Wang

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One needs special skills and training to become a seafarer. Seafarers are unique and the most important human resources for the shipping industry. As a major seafarer supply nation, China has to improve quality and increase retention rate to achieve sustainable development for its shipping industry. This paper is to investigate the main factors that contribute to job satisfaction of Chinese seafarer, which factor has a significant bearing on the retention rate in the seafaring profession. The data used in this study was collected through questionnaires, and a structural equation modelling (SEM) method is used to test and estimate causal relations by using a combination of statistical data and qualitative causal assumptions. The results show that the promotion is the most significant factor in job satisfaction, followed by salary and benefits, working environment and feeling of status. This paper further examines relevant measures that can be taken at both national and management levels to increase the retention rate of seafarers. The study provides a scientific basis for policy-making in national maritime education and training, and ship and crew management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)680-693
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Job satisfaction
  • Promotion
  • Seafarer
  • Structural equation model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Transportation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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