Supporting the world of shipbuilding since 2015

Our Story

Marine People was created to help support an industry suffering from a desperate talent shortage and skills gap. Top specialist shipbuilding talent was, and still is, hard to come by. Since 2015, in partnership with IMarEST, we’ve been on a mission to find the best shipbuilding talent globally, giving our clients a competitive edge, and our candidates guidance and advice to find the right opportunities at the right companies. In that time, we have successfully placed candidates in major shipyards all over the world. Something that we’re entrusted to do for the largest shipbuilders globally.

Meet the Founder

James Martin, Director

With over 10 years of marine recruitment, James set out to help provide a recruitment service built on industry knowledge, strong relationships and a personal service to both companies and candidates. As a director he oversees the team of experienced recruitment consultants.

Who are IMarEST?

For over 125 years, The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has been supporting the maritime sector. As the largest marine organisation of its kind, with over 18,000 members in over 120 countries around the world, the international professional body’s partnership with Marine People focuses on the specialist recruitment of shipbuilding talent in engineering, science and technology. With IMarEST We place high quality permanent UK and International candidates into strategic maritime positions worldwide.

Bringing shipbuilders and shipbuilding talent together


We take our time to understand your company’s exact recruitment requirements and immerse ourselves in your brand, understanding exactly the type of person you’re looking for. We then tailor our solutions to meet your needs and ensure we’re consistently connecting you with the highest calibre of candidates.


Looking for the next step in your career can be daunting. We’re here to make the transition as smooth as possible, providing guidance and advice along the way. Marine People provide a range of services to help you get the dream job, in the dream location, and to provide ongoing career development advice.