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The Marine Retailers Association (MRRA) of the Americas is listening to dealers who increasingly express concern about a workforce shortage.

According to Soundings Trade Only, after gathering mounting anecdotal evidence that the shortage is reaching crisis mode, the MRAA decided to compile data regarding the situation.

After releasing a report detailing how widespread the problem was, the group is now issuing the results of its compensation survey — the first of its kind in the marine industry.

“The problem is multifaceted — to wrap your head around it is pretty difficult,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said. “We went through a whole campaign cycle [to elect] our nation’s president, and they were all talking about job creation. We’re not faced with a job-creation challenge today. Our industry, and a lot of other industries, is faced with finding people to fill the jobs.”

Compensation data from roughly 300 dealers, estimated to be about 10% of the dealerships in the United States, is detailed in a 35-page report.

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