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Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Number of travel job candidates dips again

The number of new candidates for travel jobs dipped again in March, according to the latest data from C&M Recruitment.

Its latest Travel Salary Index said March was another poor month for new candidates, with registrations falling to their weakest March total since at least 2011.

This means the number of new job seekers has now dipped year-on-year for 10 months in a row.

"It's concerning that candidate numbers are down year-on-year once again," said Barbara Kolosinska, director at C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment.

"It's hard to say exactly how much impact the prolonged Brexit uncertainty is having on the recruitment market, but it clearly is a factor for many potential candidates who are choosing to remain in their current roles rather than look for a change.

"However, now that the UK appears to be remaining in the EU until at least the end of October, we're hopeful that we'll see activity levels improve over the rest of spring and into summer."

While there is some concern about the number of candidates, travel salaries rose by an average of just over 4% in March and rose across all levels of the travel industry from entry positions to executive roles.

"This is great to see and means that the average new travel job now pays £669 more than at the same point in 2018," added Kolosinska.

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