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YPI Crew, a recruiter of yacht crew, has released its annual compilation of yacht crew trends and statistics for 2016. Following are some key stats:

Since 2013, there has been a 37 percent increase in yacht crew jobs. For the second year in a row, the category of yachts over 71m in length generated more jobs than any other category, with 34 percent of total crew positions offered in this range. Jobs offered on vessels 51-70m vessels came in second with 32.4 percent of available positions.

The fact that this was not the case even three years ago shows that there has been an increase of vessels larger than 71m on the market, each requiring more crew than the average in previous years. This is iterated by the 5 percent reduction of jobs in the 31-50m category.

About 70.8 percent of positions offered were on board private yachts, with the remaining 29.2 percent offered on charter vessels. Just 4.4 percent of crew positions were for captain.

A yacht job trend that remains consistent is the increasing number of those looking to start a career at sea. Last year saw new candidate registrations increase by 22 percent.

For more information, visit www.ypicrew.com.

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