Travel Salaries Dip in 2021, But Vacancies Rise Sharply
C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment's Travel Salary Index – 2021 Overview
By: C&M Travel Recruitment
C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment's
Travel Salary Index – 2021 Overview
The average salary for a new job in travel has fallen annually for the first time in seven years, according to the 2021 Travel Salary Index from C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment which surveyed all new vacancies registered with the companies during the year.
With a figure of £27,451, last year's average fell by 2.96 per cent from 2020 and 2.64 per cent from 2019, although it was up by 2.22 per cent from 2018.
There was a sharper fall in pay for standard new travel jobs (those with salaries up to £40,000) which averaged £24,280 in 2021 – a fall of 6.12 per cent from 2020 and 2.65 per cent from 2019.
Salaries for executive travel roles (those paying above £40,000) also fell, but at a slower rate, Last year's average figure of £55,474 was down by 2.79 per cent from 2020 and by 5.32 per cent from 2019.
Travel recruitment activity up strongly
The number of new travel job vacancies increased by 127 per cent last year from 2020, but remained down by 42 per cent compared to 2019. However, much of this difference is due to the very slow first few months of 2021 when the country was still under lockdown. When comparing the second half of the year, vacancies recorded between July and December 2021 fell by only three per cent compared to the same period in 2019.
Similarly, the number of new travel job placements increased by 75 per cent in 2021 compared to the previous year, but dipped by 55 per cent from 2019. Looking at the last six months of the year, placements in 2021 were down by a more respectable 27 per cent from the same months in 2019.
Speaking about the stats, Barbara Kolosinska, Managing Director at C&M Travel Recruitment (http://www.candm.co.uk/