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You must have heard it before, but what exactly does offshore mean? Working offshore literally means working off the shore. By offshore work, you should think of anything that takes place at sea. Whether you work on a cruise ship, repair an oil rig or pilot a submarine, you all work offshore. Most offshore workers arrive at their workplace by helicopter or boat and are brought home after two weeks.
Although there is still some talk in the media or at a birthday gathering about the many benefits of working offshore, the work is not for everyone. For example, you work with less common work schedule. In the Netherlands, you are ashore and at sea every two weeks. That means you have about six months of vacation in total. Sounds too good to be true, but of course this is offset by the fact that working at sea means working twelve hours in a day. These hours are obviously better paid than working onshore due to the unusual hours. Therefore, with working hours of twelve hours a day, usually involving physically demanding work in every weather condition found at sea, it is necessary to be back on shore every two weeks for some well-deserved rest.
Working offshore can come in many different positions. On an oil rig as an example, there are ample opportunities. Technical personnel are needed to operate, maintain and repair machinery and tools. Examples include engineers, mechanics and electricians. But pipefitters, ironworkers and welders are also needed at sea. In short, there are many job opportunities in the offshore sector.