Tugboat Captain Talent Shortage

Talent Shortage, Work Increase Means Tugboat Worker Day Rates Increase 30-50% YOY 

As part of our ongoing conversation with leaders in the maritime industry, Faststream recently spoke with several industry executives regarding the huge need for experienced, skilled tugboat captains. In the past year alone, it has become increasingly difficult to find and hire the right people for the job due to increases in demand without a mirrored increase in talent, making the hiring market extremely competitive. 

According to L.J. Falgout, Director of United Tugs, a company could hire a tugboat captain for $550-$650 per day just last year. However, those days have come and gone – today’s tugboat captains are now being paid upwards of $695 or more per day for their work, with supply boat captains going as high as $800-900 per day. That’s an increase of 30-50% (and sometimes more) just in the past year. 

One candidate we spoke with said the combination of talent shortage, high risk work and short-term projects without benefits all contribute to the much higher wages commanded by today’s tugboat captains. He went on to say that this is a critical time for the industry, so employers must be competitive in order to attract the best talent. 

It’s important that candidates and employers alike have a trusted partner who truly knows the market when looking to fill these critical tugboat captain positions. Faststream has long been the global leader in maritime staffing and can help analyze your staffing needs, compensation and benefit packages and candidate pool (or puddle, given the amount of available talent today). 

If you’ll be at the Workboat Show in New Orleans December 3-5, come by our booth #3262. Contact us today if you’d like to discuss maritime recruiting, the challenges facing today’s workforce and companies or your specific needs – you can reach us any time:

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