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Crew Placements Are Increasing
Janine
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 6:14 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392


Fraser Yachts has some good news for crew looking for work. The following article ran in its March 2010 newsletter:


"The market for crew placements has been extremely volatile over the last 18 months making it very difficult to predict future trends. We’ve seen some owners and captains reducing their crew to a minimum, others who have maintained a full team to ensure no reduction in the value of their assets. There has been no discernible pattern to the fluctuations in hiring and letting people go. Finally, however, March saw a definite increase in crew placements. Since the summer of 2008 the overall number of new placements has drastically decreased but things definitely seem to be improving again. Captains who have tried to reduce costs by trawling through piles of applications themselves are once again relying on the specialist agencies to handle the workload and find the very best candidates. The availability of top crew is diminishing although there are still some highly qualified people looking for new positions. Salaries seem to be stable again after a turbulent 2009."


junior
Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010 11:52 AM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026


Actually the season is looking pretty vibrant. Its the first summer holiday and the port cafes are gridlocked with foreign plated Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin driving customers. Packs of middle aged size zero Women in leopard skin tights, dragging clouds of perfume behind their diamond studded sun glasses, are cruising the waterfront boutiques looking for stuff to buy. I see three Jumbo stinkies anchored off, belching generator gases and running snow white tenders back and forth. Stressed out agents with belts full of ringing Iphones are pacing the marina. This is the first year for ages in which mystery brokers stop by the yacht and inquire whether she can be chartered. Id say it will be a busy season.
Neal
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010 10:49 PM
Joined: 19/05/2009
Posts: 4


This is great news! I started the job hunt last year and had a difficult time now I will soon be on the hunt again when my relief contract comes to end this month. I want to do my yachtmaster offshore now but risk coming to the med to late (end of may). When is too late is there a trade-off between doing a course and arriving later or not and being in the med sooner?
Henning
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 1:01 AM
Joined: 01/06/2008
Posts: 1049


Neal wrote:
This is great news! I started the job hunt last year and had a difficult time now I will soon be on the hunt again when my relief contract comes to end this month. I want to do my yachtmaster offshore now but risk coming to the med to late (end of may). When is too late is there a trade-off between doing a course and arriving later or not and being in the med sooner?


There's always a trade-off there, but end of May isn't that late, and Yachtmaster qualifications opens a lot more positions, so I think you'll be better off with the qualifications.

 
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