The impact of COVID-19 on crew recruitment in 2020 (February 17, 2021)

Laurence Lewis, director of YPI Crew, on the effects COVID-19 and her predictions for the year ahead…
In order to ascertain how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the crew recruitment sector, YPI Crew has had a look back over its numbers for 2020. The results reveal those positions that experienced decreased demand, and those that saw more recruitment activity, as well as whether crew salaries were affected.
Laurence Lewis, director of YPI Crew, recalls the initial impact on the sector; “The yacht crew recruitment market was hit fast and violently by the COVID-19 pandemic, with plans to hire crew delayed or cancelled altogether. Overnight, many crew lost part or all of their income. Even if still working, many crew – from captains to junior ranks – had to accept salary cuts and slashed rotations.”

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