When you are looking for a job in the shipping industry
The shipping industry often approaches our industry employment service to help fill vacancies. When you apply for jobs in shipping you can get help from employment officers who are experts in the industry.
Our industry employment service for shipping initially approaches those who are active seamen in the Swedish merchant fleet. We have offices in three cities: Gothenburg, Stockholm and Helsingborg.
Here you can find information about the shipping industry and contact information.
Seeking jobs in shipping
We mainly work with Swedish shipping lines. Since shipping is global, we also come into contact with ships from other countries through the different international registers.
Things can move quickly when we place the work. For example, a captain might ring from his ship out at sea and request seamen to be available for work that same afternoon. So it is a pressing requirement to find suitable jobseekers and also that we can get in touch with you immediately.
When you are looking for a job and intend to register as a jobseeker for shipping jobs, you must start by registering on our website. To register with the industry employment service for shipping, you must demonstrate qualifications and relevant work experience. You also book a planning interview on our website. Then you contact us by telephone.
How to get jobs in shipping
The easiest way to get a job at sea is through education and training. Most employers also have requirements for sight and hearing. You also need to be flexible because working hours depend on the type of ship, operational area, your working tasks and agreements.
The Swedish Transport Agency’s requirements
The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) sets requirements for authorisation for those in the crew who are part of the safety crew (in principle, all those in the operating crew). Here you can find information about authorisation and requirements and the rules that apply in Sweden for Swedish and foreign ships in Swedish waters.
- Ship’s officers
- Engineering officers
- Deck staff
- Engineering staff
- Supplies staff
More about different occupations on board
The shipping industry can be divided into the following categories:
The merchant fleet
Merchant ships are divided into a number of main groups, depending on what cargo they are designed for. For example, tankers are divided into gas, chemicals, product and crude oil tankers. Other vessels can be divided into bulk vessels, container vessels, roro or lolo vessels and vehicle transport vessels.
Ferries covers everything from small road ferries to large passenger vessels. What they have in common is that they represent some form of combined transport of people and vehicles.
Sweden has ferry connections to its neighbouring countries from ports along almost the whole coast from Skellefteå to Strömstad. Examples of such lines are Stena Line, Silja Line, Viking Line, Nordö-Link, TT-Line, Scandlines, Destination Gotland and Eckerö Linjen.
Archipelago traffic is an extensive activity in many parts of Sweden. Many people visit the archipelago in the summer.
The cruise industry is growing. The whole world is the working area and the combination of income and cruising is attractive to many. Before you sign an employment contract in the cruise industry, it is important to get the facts. Most websites describing the cruise industry are very positive, but the reality may differ.
Most of the tasks on a cruise ship are similar to those in a large hotel. The working hours are normally eight to twelve hours a day, seven days a week. It is also normal for employment contracts to be for at least four to six months.
Oil and gas recovery offshore has formed the basis for a considerable market for shipping. Offshore activities in the North Sea directly generate about 50,000 jobs, creating considerable employment in peripheral activities and onshore industry.
If you become unemployed in another EU/EEA country but live in Sweden, you must register with Arbetsförmedlingen to be able to apply for compensation from the Swedish unemployment insurance fund. If you are not covered by the Swedish
unemployment insurance fund, you must apply for entrance as soon as you become unemployed. This is because in most EU/EEA countries and Switzerland, unemployment insurance ceases to apply to those who become unemployed. The Swedish unemployment insurance fund investigates and decides whether you fulfil the criteria for receiving unemployment benefit.
At the earliest, entry into the Swedish unemployment insurance fund is granted with effect from the first of the month in which the application arrives at the chosen unemployment insurance fund. If, for example, you are employed in Norway up to and including 15 June, the unemployment insurance fund must receive your application for entry before the end of June. Otherwise you risk a gap in your membership, which affects the level of any unemployment benefit.
If you have worked in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, the unemployment insurance fund investigates whether you fulfil the criteria for being regarded as a frontier worker, a non-genuine frontier worker (seldom going home) or if you can be granted compensation under the 5-year rule in the Nordic Convention. If you do not fulfil the criteria, you must work in Sweden after working abroad for the foreign work to be able to form a basis for any unemployment benefit.
Before you work for a foreign employer, you need to know what protection you have. If you are thinking about working abroad, always contact Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) and Skatteverket (the Swedish Tax Agency), as well as possibly your unemployment insurance fund.
You can telephone Skatteverket on +46 771-567 567. Ask for the marine group.
You can telephone Försäkringskassan on +46 771-524 524. Ask for the shipping office.
Here are a number of websites that could help you when you are looking for jobs in shipping. We do not list all companies that work with or have a website that concerns shipping.
You can also find shipping jobs via European employment services on the Eures job bank.