Published on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Travel salaries rocket



Travel salaries have jumped 9.2% to break through the £28,000 barrier for the first time, according to the latest Travel Salary Index from C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment

The average new travel job now comes with a salary of £28,014, it said, breaking the previous high of £27,312 set in February 2013.

In addition, wages for standard travel jobs (paying up to £40,000) rose to an average of £26,099 in June to top the previous high of £25,139 set in March.

It was also a record month for travel salaries in the south of the UK, which rose to an average of £29,026.

Excluding the always quiet month of December, June 2018 had the lowest number of new monthly registrations since November 2016.

However, it has still been an exceptionally busy start to 2018 for jobseekers, said C&M, with more new candidates searching for roles in the first six of the months of the year than at any point since at least 2011.

Meanwhile, vacancies in June were down 22% from May, which was the lowest number of new openings so far this year.

C&M director Barbara Kolosinska said: "June was a truly great month for travel job seekers as they saw average salaries jumping by more than £2,300.

"Wages for new roles are now at an all-time high so it is clearly a great time to get back into the market or assess your current situation.

"It was also an outstanding month salary-wise for travel consultant or business travel consultant jobs, with pay for the typical non-executive travel role rising by 13.5% compared to last June to set yet another record.

"On the other hand, we saw an unusually large decrease in the number of both vacancies and candidates last month, and while the glorious weather and the World Cup will inevitably have accounted for some of this impact, it is still an area that we will be keeping a close eye on as the summer continues."

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