- Placements rise to highest level since February 2020
- Candidates and vacancies both dip from January…
- …But remain above pre-Covid levels
Busy month for placements
More candidates were placed in new travel jobs last month than at any point since the pandemic began, according to the latest figures from C&M Travel Recruitment.
February 2022 saw a 49 per cent increase in travel placements from the previous month to set a new pandemic-high – standing 15 per cent above the previous best which was recorded in November 2021.
Despite this, last month's total remained down on the typical February average, with a relatively slight ten per cent fall from February 2020 and a 15 per cent dip from the same month in 2019.
Candidate and vacancy volumes remain strong
The number of new candidates searching for travel jobs fell slightly in February by two per cent, however it was up by 26 per cent from February 2020 (when the very earliest disruption from Covid-19 was seen) and down by just 0.2 per cent from the same month in 2019.
Similarly, the number of new travel job vacances also fell from January's highs with a 26 per cent monthly fall. Compared to previous years, February 2022's total was up by nearly 600 per cent from the same month in 2021 and up by 14 per cent from 2020, but down by 12 per cent from February 2019.
Speaking about the stats, Barbara Kolosinska, Managing Director at C&M Travel Recruitment, said: "As a recruitment company, our main aim is to find great talent for our clients, so we're delighted that more candidates were placed in travel roles last month than at any point in the past two years. March has also got off to an extremely busy start with a particularly big increase in recruitment activity from TMCs since the end of February.
"With many companies looking to take on new recruits to help them cope with demand, the shortage of experienced travel candidates is continuing to create issues for our industry – and this will continue until we see higher salaries, better packages, increased flexibility, career progression opportunities and an all-round more enticing offering to potential job seekers.
"Some companies are beginning to make their job opportunities more attractive, but it is likely to remain a candidate driven market for a considerable amount of time."
All figures are drawn from the month’s new vacancies advertised with C&M Travel 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 (Marketing and Operations Manager - 0161 238 4497 / email@example.com) or Barbara Kolosinska (Managing Director - 07507 602 069 / firstname.lastname@example.org).