The Mission to Seafarers has published the latest of its ongoing Seafarer Happiness Index Reports, revealing a growing link between onboard connectivity and seafarer happiness levels.
Overall Seafarers’ Happiness index figures have shown a rise, and while it is obviously early days, it is positive to see growth across various key issues.
The report is based on the findings of a recent survey conducted by the Mission between January and March this year, in which seafarers were asked to rate their happiness out of ten on a variety of measures.
- The average Seafarers’ Happiness level expressed by respondents was up from 6.25 out of 10.0 in 2017 to 6.69 in this first quarter of 2018.
- The happiest tranche of respondents was in the 25-35 year age group – and once again, these figures were hugely impacted by the ability to access the internet and to feel connected with the shore.
- Once again, respondents from South East Asia tended to record higher happiness marks in their responses.
- Deck crew and officers tended to be happier than their engineering counterparts – and the middle cohort of ranks, second officer and third engineer, chief officer and second engineer, performed better. They recorded the highest results across the board.