SaltyJobs began as an idea in 2015, and was launched in 2017 by 27-year-old sailor Eleanor, combining her professional experience and passion for sailing, people, and digital entrepreneurship.

Eleanor has owned and lived on three of her own very different boats since she was 18, alongside volunteering with a number of different sail training charities and gaining sponsorship to complete her professional RYA qualifications. Her previous boat, a 1945 53ft converted Scottish fishing boat, had been sat in a boatyard up north for 13 years when Eleanor bought her. The tale of her recommissioning ‘Elizmor’ for sea and skippering her back down the country to Brighton made for a brilliant story attracting a lot of attention, and even brought in marine sponsors including Icom and Garmin.

Eleanor was previously involved in the marine industry alongside a professional career in digital & social media strategy for big international brands & agencies. At the age of 15 Eleanor also had a book published, How Teenagers Think – an insider’s guide for parents about bringing up teenagers. Eleanor spoke at many conferences and schools around Europe, inspiring others with her real insight.

In the past couple of years, her focus has been on sailing, and in 2016 alone Eleanor worked full-time as First Mate onboard the 110ft charity sail training ship Queen Galadriel in 2016, as well as passing her Yachtmaster Offshore, sailing her 25ft 1935 classic gaff cutter from Maldon to Poole, spending two months sailing around the Caribbean, and finally coming home to build and launch this website. She and her friends know the marine industry well, and Eleanor is passionate about helping others get involved.

“I love boats. I love the sea. So do my friends. Over the past ten years I’ve built up a wide range of experience, on the water and ashore, that I’m keen to use for the right opportunities. When looking for work surrounding boats, it can be frustrating to find out about the really exciting opportunities unless it’s through a friend. SaltyJobs wants to open up the marine industry to a fresh way of inspiring people who are already interested in working on the water – it’s not an uncommon dream – but they just don’t know where to look or how to get into it. I created SaltyJobs to help people find their dream salty jobs. It’s the perfect business for me – combining my digital background with my love for boats, and helping inspire people.”

SaltyJobs takes a fresh approach to online jobseeking. We are not a recruitment agency, nor are we an automated jobs listings website.

Let’s be honest, the marine industry isn’t that great at keeping up with digital innovation. Eleanor spotted a gap in the market for a website that gives a real insight into working in the marine industry, that represents all of us who love working around boats – whether ashore or at sea, in the UK or abroad, whether as superyacht crew, shorebased ship manager or sail training bosun. SaltyJobs is a community for the holistic marine industry, connecting the best employers with most passionate jobseekers.

SaltyJobs has two aims:

  • To inspire people to work in the marine industry
  • To work with UK employers to find and promote job opportunities within the industry

Our insider’s tips & tricks articles feature useful advice and inspirational stories from people already working in their dream jobs (or maybe not!) in and around boats and the sea. Written by sailors for sailors, we publish our own content designed to inspire and help passionate people looking to work around boats, whether ashore or afloat.

SaltyJobs then makes the dream come alive, connecting jobseekers with the very best job opportunities from the UK’s top marine employers. And we take a simple approach to making that happen.

Not only are we great value, but we want to go the extra mile, building a personal relationship with every employer who posts with us. We’ll check over every job listing before it goes live on the site, optimising what you’ve written and tailoring it for our jobseekers at no extra cost.

We’re always looking for new opportunities to develop partnerships. So, we want to hear from you: jobseekers who might have some insider’s tips to share, and employers who want to talk about bigger opportunities. Click here to contact us or give us a ring/Skype on +44 (0) 1273 251751.