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Title: Leading factors in job satisfaction of Chinese seafarers
Authors: Li, KX
Yin, JB
Luo, MF 
Wang, J
Keywords: Seafarer
Job satisfaction
Structural equation model
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: InterScience
Source: International journal of shipping and transport logistics, 2014, v. 6, no. 6, p. 680-693 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of shipping and transport logistics 
Abstract: 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.
ISSN: 1756-6517 (print)
1756-6525 (online)
DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2014.064923
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