My vessel had over 50% turnover in the engine room in the last 15 months. The previous 24+ months had zero turnover. Its not just in the maritime industries. The medical office where my wife works has also experienced near 50% turnover since the beginning of the pandemic & we know 14 yrs who make $11 an hour pushing buggies & working fastfood when just a few years ago $15 hr was considered a mediocre wage to make a living in our community. Some restaurants where I live are takeout only because they don’t have the employees to run the dining areas. As some sociologist perdicted, the pandemic changed people’s paradigm & shuffled our priorities.
A bunch of free money from the government isn’t helping people stay motivated to work either IMO. We’re well into the 6 figure income range & money we didn’t ask for just shows up into our account from Uncle Sam because we have kids. A tenant we have didn’t pay rent since March '20 but he received a grant from the government & last week we cashed another Uncle Sam check for +$15k. We’re living in some crazy times. Enjoy it & save as much as you can while it lasts.