Yotspot recruits its 100,000th member and expects further growth this year


The Yotspot team (l-r) Daryl Bradley, Danielle McLaren and Steve Crawford

Yotspot has registered its 100,000th crew member, after seeing significant growth in the demand for crew over the past year.

The Southampton, UK-based tech platform and employment website provides superyacht management companies and private vessels with all crew positions, from deck-hands to captains on some of the world’s largest yachts.

“There are a surprising number of roles available on board these yachts,” said Danielle McLaren, MD, Yotspot. “Some superyachts have a staff of 25 or more, which gives an indication of the size of vessels. They are generally between 30m and 120m.”

Founded in 2010, Steve Crawford and his business partner Daryl Bradley have spent the past 13 years helping people find work at sea. McClaren, who was appointed as MD last year, said that the firm’s investment in digital technology has helped to grow the company’s profile in the sector.

“Our platform enables job seekers to create a profile and upload their CVs, and for employers to find the team they require for running a superyacht,” she said.

Candidates upload their details and are linked with available roles. Yotspot said it then takes into account their skills, experience, and the length of contract being offered. “We also have a continually-updating verification and reference programme, which is appreciated by our clients who obviously want the best people available,” added McClaren.

With the number of superyachts under construction at an all-time high, McClaren said that she expects the business to continue to grow in tandem. “We are anticipating further quick growth in the business this year and beyond and hope to add to our team in Southampton,” she said.