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The maritime sector is a key contributor to the UK economy . The global shipping, maritime leisure and ports industries are of truly world-scale significance - and the UK is a major player in the supply of capital, hardware and skilled employees into both UK and overseas companies operating in this sector. Measured in terms of the balance of payments contribution to the UK alone, the sector's benefit exceeds that of aerospace.
Some key statistics:
What does it do?
It includes industries where the principal business activities cover the control management and operation of harbours, ports and vessels associated with:
The extensive range of jobs and career opportunities that are available within the maritime sector can be found on the career pathways page
The MSA has responded to the Migration Advisory Committee’s “call for evidence” about the potential impact of Brexit on skills.
Acknowledging that much still remains unclear the MSA emphasised three main points:
1. The extent of employment of EU27 nationals varies a good deal across the maritime sector, but is substantial in some parts.
2. For many maritime companies, particularly in the shipping sector, employment of non-EU labour is at least as important, and often more important, than employment of EU27 employees.
3. The superyacht sector’s main concern is about ensuring the continuing ability of British crew to win and retain work within the rest of the EU.
Click the link for the full text of the MSA's evidence paper.
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