Employees are divided by the type of work into two types: onshore employees and sea crews. The former is administered by the HR Division, while the latter by the Seafarer Division. The total number of U-Ming employees was 866 people, including 117 onshore employees and 749 sea crews. In 2019, the number of onshore employees increased, while the number of sea crews reduced as a result of the reduction of overall ship quantity after the fleet renewal.
Recruitment and Turnover
We constantly expand our fleets and business territory and recruit professionals in various fields. We collaborate with colleges and universities and offer internship opportunities. We also offer job openings to help retired servicemen return to the job market. A total of 121 new employees joined U-Ming, including 20 onshore employees and 101 sea crews. Onshore employees are from the new generation and middle-aged generation, while all sea crews were aged 50 or below. Most new generation employees are Chinese or Filipinos. Our 2019 employee turnover was about 9.4%. The main reasons for exit include family needs and personal career planning. With respect to the content of exit interviews and recommendations, we also timely adjusted our personnel management system to reduce the turnover rate.
Onshore employees, totaling 117, include employees working at headquarters (HQ), the Singapore subsidiary, and the Xiamen subsidiary. There are 111 permanent employees (including two with disabilities) and 6 contract employees. The workforce structure is healthy, as most employees are from the middle-aged generation. Because of the nature of work and job specificity, specialties such as machinery and navigation are required. As a result, it is very common in the business that most employees are male. To maintain employee diversity, we hire talents of different nationalities, while over 80% of senior management members of the parent company and subsidiaries are hired locally (Taiwan: 82% ; Singapore : 100% ; Xiamen : 100%).
We operate and manage a total of 37 ships, each has a crew of 18 to 24 seamen, who are all contract employees. There were 749 seamen, and 449 of them are middle-aged seafarers, accounting for 59.95%. By nationality, there were seamen from Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Singapore, and Myanmar. Most of them, 425, are from China, accounting for 56.74%.