Travel Salary Index - January 2018

Standard Travel Wages Set New High In Hot Start To 2018
C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment’s
Travel Salary Index – January 2018
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C&M Travel Salary Index - January 2018

  • Standard travel salaries reach new record
  • Southern salaries jump 6.45 per cent to also set new high
  • Candidate numbers rise year-on-year

Bumper start to 2018 for travel wages

The freezing temperatures didn’t stop salaries for new travel jobs soaring by 7.91 per cent in January to reach an average of £26,580 - the second highest figure in the past two years, 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.

It was an even more impressive month for standard travel roles (those paying up to £40,000) which reached £24,468 to top August 2017’s figure and set a new record high. The 12.21 per cent rise was the biggest monthly increase in over five years and meant that average standard travel salaries broke through the £24,000 barrier for only the second time.

Pay for new southern travel jobs rose by 6.45 per cent in January 2018 to also set a new record figure of £28,952 after beating the previous benchmark set in April 2016. Meanwhile, travel wages in London increased to their highest point since April 2016.

Candidate numbers rise marginally

The number of new job seekers searching for travel roles in the UK rose by 63 per cent from December and also rose marginally compared to last January, while the number of new travel vacancies being created in January 2018 jumped by 140 per cent from the previous month.

Speaking about the figures, Barbara Kolosinska, Director at C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment, said: “After several records were broken last year, 2018 has got off to a fantastic start with salaries for the typical new travel job jumping by 12 per cent to more than £24,0000. This is fantastic news for job seekers across the country and if it is any indication of the year ahead, then we can’t wait to see what happens!

“The big increase in the number of new travel jobs being made available is great to see, but it remains a candidate driven market with quality applicants able to have their pick from the many great opportunities that currently exist.”


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 (Director - 07507 602 069 /