Travel Salary Index - December 2013

16th January 2014
Travel Salaries End 2013 On A Weak Note
C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment's 
Travel Salary Index - December 2013
C&M Travel Salary Index - December 2013
  • Average salaries fall to yearly low in December
  • Salaries dip compared to same month in previous year for only third time in 2013
  • Number of new vacancies remains steady, but candidate registrations fall
Salaries down in December

After a largely positive year, December's fall in travel salaries meant that 2013 ended on a low note. The latest Travel Salary Index from C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment found that the average salary for new vacancies registered at the companies in the month dipped by 3.58 per cent to stand at £23,238, which marked the second largest monthly fall of the year. December's average also decreased year-on year for only the third time in 2013.

Analysing the stats, Barbara Kolosinska, sales director at C&M Travel Recruitment, said: "December is traditionally a quiet month for travel recruitment, and it was no exception in 2013. The month saw an average fall of 3.58 per cent in salaries for new roles advertised by C&M and Chisholm & Moore, which was the second largest drop that we saw all year.

"However, 2013 was certainly a positive period and the fact that salaries increased annually in nine of the 12 months in the year is a great indication of how encouraging it was."

Christmas distracts candidates from jobs market

In addition to the fall in salaries, December also saw a big drop in the number of new candidates registering for travel jobs, with the figure being easily the lowest seen in 2013. However, the end of the year often results in candidates briefly turning their attention away from the jobs market, with 2012 also following a similar pattern.

In more encouraging news for the industry, travel companies showed few signs of looking to reduce their recruitment drive over Christmas, with December seeing only a minimal fall in new vacancies compared to November and remaining well above the 2013 average.

"It's no surprise that we saw fewer candidates looking for new jobs in December - the month obviously comes with its fair share of distractions! However, we've already seen a hugely busy start to January with many new candidates searching for a new role for the New Year," said Ms Kolosinska.

"It's also extremely encouraging to see so many travel companies continuing to make more jobs available, meaning that it could be a great time for candidates to consider re-entering the jobs market."


All figures are drawn from the salaries of the month's new vacancies advertised with C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment.

C&M Travel Recruitment was established in 1998 and is the largest and most successful specialist travel recruitment company in the UK.

For further information please contact: Owen Mckeon (content manager - 0161 238 4497 / or Barbara Kolosinska (sales director - 07507 602 069 /



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