Filipino seafarers are in-demand for cruise ship jobs (where to apply). This year is the ideal moment for Filipinos to seek employment abroad, particularly for those who wish to become seafarers. Rosalinda Baldoz, the secretary of labor and employment, recently said that Filipinos who want to work on cruise ships can choose from at least 47,000 jobs.
Hans Leo Cacdac, head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), says that Filipino seafarers have a good chance of getting jobs on cruise ships. The reason why there is a high demand for this job is that many shipping companies are expanding their operations and routes.
People looking for work can find jobs with shipping companies that need international crew or they can apply at a number of cruise ship recruitment agencies. Here are some cruise ship recruitment agents in the Philippines:
Dolphin Ship Management, Inc. (Official recruiter for Disney Cruise Ship) 2nd Floor, Mary Bachrach Building, 25th corner A.C. Delgado Streets, Port Area, Manila, Philippines P.O. Box 619 Philippines. (Tel: (02) 527-8888).
CTI Group Manila. (CTI Group is a global human resource provider for cruise lines, cargo ships, resorts, and private clubs.) 1375 General Luna StreetPaco, 1007 ManilaPhilippines (Tel: (02) 522-7518 to 7520).
Singa Ship Management Phils. (Provides Filipino hotel, deck & engine staff, spa, gym, beauticians, casino staff & musicisians for ships) 3671 Bautista St., PalananMakati 1235Philippines (Tel: (02) 831-6759/834 1943).
BP International Shipping Corporation. 3rd Floor,Avena & Sons Bldg.2284 EspanaManilaPhilippines (Tel: (02) 742-2931).
North Sea Marine Services. 1535 M. Adriatico Street, Ermita1000 Manila, Philippines (Tel : (02) 525-7739).
Magsaysay Maritime Corporation. Magsaysay Recruitment Center., Ground Floor G.E. Antonino Bldg., TM Kalaw St., Ermita (Across The National Library) Manila, Philippines (Tel: (02) 526-8888 local 9437 or 9441).
According to Marlon Roo of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, the largest Philippine shipping business that deploys seafarers overseas, Filipino seamen are in high demand abroad due to the distinct features that set them apart from other ship personnel. He stated that the Filipinos' good work attitude, proficiency in English, and hard labor set them apart from workers from other countries. Cruise ships hire people with or without a college degree, but they prefer individuals with experience in the sectors of health and beauty, I.T. (Information Technology), security, and past work experience in casinos, hotels, and spas.
Aside from the positions described above, a cruise ship requires service-oriented jobs such as waiters, cooks, bartenders, hair stylists, and deckhands. Entertainers such as Big Bands, singers, and performers are also in high demand in these floating hotels.
A Filipino seafarer in a service-oriented role, such as a restaurant server, can expect to earn between $1800 and $2,400 per month, while a hairstylist can earn up to $4,800 per month. According to DOLE Secretary Baldoz, the minimum criteria for positions on cruise ships are a high school graduation, work experience, and competence in written and spoken English.
Filipino sailors have traditionally been among the most in-demand maritime industry professionals worldwide, due to their skills, unrivaled work ethics, and distinct working personality. The global population of seafarers serving on international commerce merchant ships is estimated to be 1,892,720, with 857,540 officers and 1,035,180 ratings.
While the global supply of officers is predicted to continuously expand, this trend is expected to be overtaken by rising demand. On the other hand, in domestic or foreign-flagged shipping vessels, an estimated 380,000 Filipino seafarers, or more than a quarter of all global merchant shipping crewmen, are deployed.