Finding a job on a Superyacht is not always an easy process, and can be confusing if you haven’t had the right support or advice.
To make your new career path a little bit easier, we have listed some of the best Superyacht Recruitment Agencies that have found jobs for our customers in the past.
Much like how a general recruitment agency operates, a Superyacht Recruitment Agency’s job is to find their clients (Superyachts) suitable candidates for all positions onboard, from Deckhands to Captains.
Agencies work by utilising their database of contacts and industry relationships to connect the right person with the right Superyacht.
Superyacht Recruitment Agencies can help you find that dream job, we recommend that all new crew sign up with a few Recruitment Agencies.
What do Superyacht Recruitment Agents do?
The primary role of a Superyacht Recruitment agent is to place the best-suited candidate onto a Superyacht. A lot of time and money goes into placing candidates; picking the right candidate for the role is essential to ensure the smooth running of the yacht. Agents have a responsibility to the new crew to ensure the yacht they are placed on is safe, and the crew are treated fairly. Therefore, almost all the agencies, comply with the MLC (Marine Labour Convention) and all advertised jobs and contracts issued comply with the regulations.
A legitimate Superyacht Recruitment agent will ask you to enrol on their database and provide personal details, and you will be asked to upload your CV and qualifications. The Recruitment Agency will complete background checks and may look at your Social media profile. What they won’t do is ask you for any money upfront or pay for any services or advice.
List of the Superyacht Recruitment Agencies
What they say: YPI Crew was voted the number 1 Yacht Crew Recruitment Agency worldwide by over 1,000 captains and crew. From our Antibes office in the South of France, we source and recruit the best yacht crew worldwide.
Website: YPI Crew
Phone: Use the contact page
Insignia Crew: Specalise in placing outstanding professionals by selecting our candidates from an elite pool of those who have served in the British Armed Forces.
Website: Insignia Crew
Phone: Contact Us
What they say: Insignia Crew is a unique proposition. They specialize in drawing its candidates from an elite pool of those who have served in the British Armed Forces, focusing on the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, whose maritime skill sets perfectly match the needs of today’s luxury super and expedition yacht industry.
Website: Insignia Crew
Phone: +44 (0) 7500 888 472
Saltwater Recruitment: A Superyacht Crew Agency specialising in superyacht recruitment for vessels worldwide.
Website: Saltwater Recruitment
Phone: +44 (0) 1603 393071
Crew & Concierge: Crew & Concierge is an international yacht crew agency specialising in recruiting personnel for the maritime industry and private household sector.
Website: Crew & Concierge
Phone: +44 (0) 7554446925
Wilson Halligan: UK-based Agency with an office in Southampton.
Website: Wilson Halligan
Phone: +44 01489 886802
Seven Seas Recruitment: UK-based Agency, Covent Garden, London.
Website: Seven Seas
Phone: +44 07918 057664
Camper and Nicholson: With offices all over the world, including London and Cannes
Website: Camper and Nicholson
Phone: +33 (0)4 83 14 12 44
Riviera crew: Office in Antibes runs crew interviews on specific days throughout the week.
Website: Riviera Crew
Phone: +33 (0) 493 340 005
Bluewater : Office in Antibes.
Website: Bluewater Yachting
Phone: +33 (0) 493 34 47 73
Crew Network: Office in Antibes, open Monday to Friday
Website: Crew Network
Phone: +33 (0) 497 21 13 13
Should you use a Superyacht Recruitment Agency
Superyacht Recruitment Agents are by far the best way of finding a job on a Superyacht, as both parties benefit if you find a job. Our advice is to register with multiple recruitment agents while in the UK and keep in touch with them on a regular basis. The recruitment agents will provide honest advice on your CV and how you should find that dream job – they are there to help.
Friends and family
If you have friends or family working in the industry, now is the time to contact them and see if they know of any jobs that may suit your skills. Yachts love recommendations, especially from crew working in the industry, as they understand the role and can reassure the Captain or Chief Stew that they are making the right choice.
Using a range of sources to find work will put you in a great position, and signing up to a Superyacht Recruitment Agency is an important part of the process. Because of their good relationships with employers, they are often the first to hear about new jobs, or may even have exclusive access to work that won’t be posted online.
The agency will provide CV advice and interview techniques. After all, it is in their interest to make you as employable as possible, this is how they make their money!
Looking for Superyacht jobs online
As you can imagine, there are many Facebook groups, Superyachts use social media to post jobs directly online. Most Superyacht Recruitment Agencies will have Facebook and Instagram pages with loads of content. As well as Recruitment Agency pages, there are many Facebook groups, Antibes yacht crew and Palma yacht Crew are some of our favorites, but there are many more.
Consider signing up to YotSpot
Thousands of roles are posted on Yotspot, and it is popular for greenie positions. Be sure to take your time setting up your profile and checking the site regularly to apply for suitable positions. Yotspot is very competitive, and you may find you are one of a few hundred that has applied for a role and may not get a reply if you are unsuccessful. Having trained with Flying Fish, you have an advantage over most green crew, so stick at it!