Published on Friday, December 16, 2016

Travel salary stats show biggest rise in four years

Salaries for new jobs in the travel industry rose at their fastest pace for nearly four years in November.

According to the latest Travel Salary Index from C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment, the average travel job now comes with a wage of £25,955, which is up by 6.65% (£1,618) from October 2016 and is the biggest monthly increase since January 2013.

Salaries rose across the country in November with London wages rising to their highest point since April, southern salaries reaching their highest level since May and northern pay hitting its strongest mark since July.

Average wages for standard travel roles (those paying up to £40,000) stood at £22,973 in November, which was up 8.11% from the previous month and is the highest figure since April.

Wages for executive travel jobs (those paying more than £40,000) reached £57,333, their highest point since July.

C&M director Barbara Kolosinska said: "November was a very strong month for wages in the travel industry with increases in all areas of the country.

"In particular, last month saw a large number of business travel consultant placements in Manchester and the north west, and these roles are likely to continue to be attractive to top candidates seeking new positions with competitive salaries in the next few months."

The month also saw a double figure annual rise in the number of candidates looking for roles in travel, although the number of new positions being made available in November dipped below last year's levels.

"As we near Christmas and the holiday season, it's encouraging to still see so many people searching for a new role before the end of the year," Kolosinska added.

"December is typically the quietest month of the year for the travel recruitment sector, but it appears that many people will still be taking time out from the turkey to search for a new job this winter."

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