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Oyster Yachts in third recruitment drive within 12 months

The UK boatbuilder has a full order book.

UK yacht manufacturer Oyster Yachts is once again looking to expand its workforce to help deliver its full order book.

The Southampton-based company says whilst it would welcome those with traditional boatbuilding skills to fill 130 roles, it’s also looking for people with transferable skills, such as a electricians and joiners, painters, and engineers.

This is the third such call within 12 months.

In December 2019, the company announced it would hire 150 new employees by February 2020 in a bid to keep up with global demand. Then, in July, Oyster said it was recruiting another 100 new staff.

Becky Bridgen, deputy CEO Oyster Yachts, said: “Over the last year, we have seen a period of unprecedented growth, which despite the economic challenges the UK is facing, is encouraging.

“With full order books into 2023, we are able to offer our staff much needed financial stability and good career opportunities.

“It is an exciting time for Oyster Yachts, and we look forward to sharing the journey with all our employees, new and existing.”

Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, one of the constituencies in which Oyster operates, said: “One of the really good things about Oyster Yachts is that, contrary to a lot of industries, they have a full order book.

“The Solent has been a good base for boatbuilding and there’s a concentration of industry in this part of the world that supports a company like Oyster.

“They really are an example of a success story and it’s really good news for Southampton, so we need to support them in any way that we can.”

Oyster has a full order book for its hand-crafted blue water sailing boats, which range from 50ft-125ft.

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