Dubai's DP World targets women for UK port jobs
by Andy Sambidge
Dubai's DP World has said it is seeking women to fill new jobs at its London Gateway deep-sea container hub port in the UK.
The port operator has announced a further 50 jobs at its South Essex base, adding that it has women firmly in its sights.
The newly-opened international container terminal is looking for terminal operatives to operate a variety of high-tech cranes and vehicles to move goods from ship to shore as well as support all other aspects of the terminal operations.
DP World said applications are invited equally from men but in a bid to encourage diversity, it wants women to take a fresh look at what the modern port has to offer.
DP World London Gateway CEO, Simon Moore, said: "It's really important to us to have as diverse a workforce as possible bringing many benefits to all in the workplace.
"We have a number of women in our team, but not as many as we would like - and the stereotypical view of what a port is like, couldn't be further from the truth."
The superport, which currently has 400 team members, opened in November 2013 and now has two berths open, with four still to come.
The port and logistics park is expected to employ 12,000 people when fully developed, with an estimated 24,000 further indirect jobs created.
Denise Rossiter, chief executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, commended DP World for its efforts to encourage more women to join the team.
"Not only is this another fantastic boost for the South Essex economy, but it's great to hear that diversity is being encouraged, with a range of opportunities on offer for men and women alike," she said.