Travel recruitment activity slows in November

C&M Travel Recruitment’s Activity Index – November 2022

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  • Placements fall from Oct, but still rise from 2021
  • Travel vacancies see large monthly dip
  • Candidates also fall marginally

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Recruitment activity in the travel industry slowed in November, with vacancies, candidates and placements all seeing month-on-month falls, according to the latest figures from C&M Travel Recruitment.

There was a 20 per cent monthly fall in the number of candidates being placed in new travel jobs, although the figure was still up by 17 per cent from November 2021. Compared to the same month in previous years, November 2022's total was level with November 2019 and up by seven per cent from November 2018, but down by 27 per cent from November 2017.

Similarly, new job opportunities in the travel industry slipped back in November, with a 28 per cent fall from October and an eight per cent dip from November 2021. Last month's total was the second lowest of the year behind only August, and was also down by five per cent from November 2019, down by 25 per cent from November 2018 and down by nine per cent from November 2017.

Candidate numbers rise from 2019

It was a slightly more positive month for new jobseekers, with the number of candidates starting their search for a new travel job dipping by three per cent in November, but jumping by 65 per cent from the same month in 2021. The figure is also up by 33 per cent from November 2019, but down by six per cent from November 2018 and down by 15 per cent from November 2017.

Speaking about the stats, Barbara Kolosinska, Managing Director at C&M Travel Recruitment, said: "Whichever way you look at it, November was one of the slowest months of the year for travel recruitment activity. We saw monthly falls in the number of new jobs, placements and candidates, but it's worth remembering how far we have come in 2022.

"Compared to the last pre-pandemic year of 2019, placements have increased in seven of the 11 months of the year so far and have been even in another two, while new vacancies have also risen in seven of the 11 months.

"The one concern of course is candidate numbers, which have increased in six months of 2022 so far, but have fallen in five. For the travel industry to fully recover in the long-term, we all need to do whatever we can to attract new talent into our sectors and entice those who have left to come back – and this should be a real goal for us all in 2023."


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 /