New travel job candidates reach 19-month high

C&M Travel Recruitment’s Activity Index – February 2023 

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  • New travel job seekers reach highest point since July 2021
  • Vacancies see single-digit fall from 2022
  • Job placements fall back in Feb

Job seekers increase again

The number of candidates searching for new travel jobs has risen again to reach the second highest total since mid-2018, according to the latest figures from C&M Travel Recruitment.

Increasing by three per cent from January, the total volume of new job seekers jumped to a 19-month high in February 2023. It was also the highest February figure for six years - up by 39 per cent from last February, up by 109 per cent from February 2021, up by 76 per cent from February 2020, up by 39 per cent from February 2019, up by 20 per cent from February 2018 and down by less than one per cent from February 2017.

Mixed month for new vacancies

It was a less encouraging month for new travel job vacancies which slipped by 33 per cent from January's highs. However, last month's total was very comparable to previous Februarys, with a fall of nine per cent from February 2022 and a rise of four per cent from February 2020.

It was also a slower month for placements, with the number of candidates being placed in new travel jobs falling back in February by 22 per cent from the previous month and by 29 per cent from February 2022. Excluding the pandemic-affected month of February 2021, this was the lowest February total since 2014.

Speaking about the stats, Barbara Kolosinska, Managing Director at C&M Travel Recruitment, said: "February was a very mixed month for travel recruitment, with a much-welcome rise in new candidates, but a fall in both vacancies and placements. However, March is already looking like a stronger month for activity.

"The industry is still crying out for talented travel candidates, so the increased number of job seekers that we have seen in both January and February are a great first step, but we need these strong figures to continue throughout the early months of 2023 and beyond."


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 / or Barbara Kolosinska (Managing Director - 07507 602 069 /