The future of Filipino workforce in the cruise sector

  • Petra Milde


For a long time Filipino nationals have represented the largest portion of international crew on board cruise ships. One major reason is that Filipinos are highly appreciated as crew members due to their cultural background. However, the cruise sector is not the only foreign employer for Filipinos; alone countries in the Middle East and Asia employ 15 times as many Filipino labour migrants, and their demand is increasing continuously. The choice of Filipinos to work on a cruise ship is therefore not merely determined by the employment conditions in the cruise sector, but, moreover, by the employment conditions in other industries in a substantial number of countries. Therefore, the supply and demand on the cruise labour market is determined by the structural dynamics of the global labour market and has to be analysed within this framework. In order to ensure access to crew personnel such as Filipinos and other culturally similar nationals, cruise corporations have to come up with a strategic recruitment policy that takes into account the long-term development of the global labour market. This policy has to bear in mind that besides accessibility, wage levels, transaction costs and government migration policies, cultural preferences play a fundamental role.


Labour Market Labour Migrant Wage Level Crew Member Cruise Ship 
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  • Petra Milde
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  1. 1.Bremerhaven University of Applied SciencesInstitute of Maritime TourismBremerhavenGermany

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