Superyacht industry statistics highlight record-breaking year in yacht recruitment

Superyacht industry statistics highlight record-breaking year in yacht recruitment


Demand soars for yacht spa therapists, chefs, engineers, and steward/ess crew jobs

Yacht spa therapist jobs are booming, that’s according to YPI CREW’s 2019 Yacht Crew Trends Report, which offers data-driven analysis of superyacht industry statistics and insights into the yachting industry and the crew jobs that helps keep it running seamlessly.

YPI CREW’s yacht industry report highlights that there was a 59% increase in yacht spa therapist job requests in 2019, with a 70% increase in the number of spa therapist/masseuses placed, highlighting the growing trend for wellness across the yachting industry.


Also seeing a surge in demand was for yacht steward/ess and deckhand jobs, with YPI CREW noting that 2019 was the busiest year for these positions. There was also an increase demand for chefs on luxury yachts, with yacht chef jobs up by 24% from 2018.

The demand for yacht engineers also surged, with YPI CREW placing 26% more engineers in 2019 than in 2017.

In 2019, the yacht industry report highlights that yacht job requests overall are up by 18% since 2017, showing the ongoing healthy interest in a career aboard some of the world’s most luxurious yachts.

Superyacht industry statistics: Record-breaking year

Director of YPI CREW, Laurence Lewis, said that 2019 was a “record-breaking” year, highlighting the growth of the yachting industry and the ever-increasing demand for crew.

“These latest superyacht industry statistics are extremely positive, highlighting the record number of job requests and new candidate registrations,” Ms Lewis said.

“What they also highlight is the importance of working with an experienced recruiter, such as YPI CREW, who is able to sift through CVs and find the right, qualified crew.”

For the fifth year in a row, superyacht industry statistics highlight that the majority of yacht crew jobs were on yachts of more than 70 metres in length. Indeed, 42% of yacht crew jobs are now on yachts that measure in excess of 70 metres in length, an increase of 21% from 2017. The second most popular yacht crew jobs are on yachts that measure between 51 and 70-metres, which rose some 28%. Finally, there was a 10% demand increase for crew on yachts between 31 and 50-metres.


Filling roles on smaller yachts can be a challenge, with many crew believing – rightly or wrongly – that larger yachts offer a more appealing place to work. This is why many captains turn to trusted yacht recruitment agencies, such as YPI CREW, to help with their recruitment needs.

Another interesting statistic from the YPI CREW 2019 Yacht Crew Trends Report was that 93% of yacht jobs were on motor yachts, with just 7% on sailing yachts, a superyacht industry statistic that is consistent with global yacht market trends.

“The yacht jobs market is growing ever more complex, with a diverse range of skills required to run some of the world’s most luxurious superyachts,” Ms Lewis added. “It has never been more important to work with a professional crew recruitment agency who can act as a vital link between employers and talent.”Superyacht-Industry-statistics-jobs-requests-on-private-yachts




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