Travel Salary Index - August 2019

Candidates Return To Travel Jobs Market With Big 21% Jump
C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment’s
Travel Salary Index – August 2019
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C&M Travel Salary Index - August 2019
  • Candidate, vacancy and placement numbers all up in August
  • Average travel wages rise strongly in 2019, despite monthly dip
  • Standard travel job salaries rise to second highest ever level

Activity returns to recruitment market

After a quiet few months, the travel recruitment market saw a big boost in August with the number of placements rising by 34 per cent from July, according to the latest Travel Salary Index from C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment which surveyed all new vacancies registered with the companies during the month.

Candidate numbers jumped by 21 per cent in the month, which was the biggest monthly rise since January. Even more impressively, last month’s number of job seekers rose by 18 per cent from August 2018 to create the first year-on-year increase in 15 months.

It was also a positive month for new vacancies, with August's total increasing by three per cent compared to the same month in 2018 – the first such rise since January. What’s more, August 2019 also saw a two per cent monthly increase from July.

Travel wages see monthly dip

The average wage for a new job in travel dipped by 2.24 per cent in August to £28,643, but the rolling 12-month average remained up by a strong +5.52 per cent.

Salaries for standard travel roles (those paying up to £40,000) increased by 1.62 per cent in the month to reach £25,883 – which stood behind only June 2018's £26,099 as the second highest figure since the index began. The rolling 12-month average also recorded a very healthy level of +3.73 per cent.

Speaking about the stats, Barbara Kolosinska, Director at C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment, said: "We hoped to see a big rebound in activity in September after the busy summer holiday period ends, but we're delighted to see that it's happened a month early – in August.

"Obviously we need to see this momentum continue into the autumn, but the number of candidates, vacancies and placements all increased last month which is the first time this has happened since January.

"Early signs point to us having a very positive September as well, and with more jobs being created, it means that there are now more exciting and well-paid opportunities to tempt new candidates over the next few months."


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 / owen@candm.co.uk) or Barbara Kolosinska (Director - 07507 602 069 / barbara@candm.co.uk).


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