Travel's Gender Pay Gap Narrows in 2021

Exclusive stats from C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment
By: C&M Travel Recruitment
 
LONDON - May 26, 2022 - PRLog -- Travel's Gender Pay Gap Narrows in 2021
Exclusive stats from C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment
  • Men continue to earn more than women, but gap tightens to 6.5%
  • Female executives out-earn men for first time
  • Nearly three quarters of new travel jobs awarded to women
Gender pay split

Despite being awarded the majority of new jobs in travel, the average female in the industry once again earns less than their male counterparts, according to new research from C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment.

However, for the first time since the index began in 2014, the gender pay gap in the travel industry has reduced to a single digit difference.

The average male working in travel earned 6.5 per cent (or £1,805) more than a female in 2021, compared to a gap of 14.2 per cent in 2019, 18.4 per cent in 2018 and 12.8 per cent in 2017.

For the first time in the index's history, women in executive travel jobs (those paying £40,000 and above) out-earned men, with the typical female receiving 7.7 per cent (or £3,919) more than their male equivalents, with a salary of £52,703.

For senior travel jobs (those paying between £30,000 and £39,999), men earned 0.8 per cent more than the average woman with £32,650, or a difference of £268. Men also out-earned women in mid-level positions (those paying between £22,000 and £29,999) with an average of £25,542 and a difference of 2.1 per cent or £518.

However, the situation was reversed for junior roles (those paying below £22,000) with women out-earning men by 2.8 per cent, taking home an average wage of £20,178 (or a gap of £556).

Gender role split

In terms of the overall gender split in travel, women continued to be awarded the majority of new positions at all levels of the industry, with females placed in 73.3 per cent of all new travel jobs last year, compared to 68.7 per cent in 2019, 68.6 per cent in 2018 and 71.4 per cent in 2017.

Speaking about the findings, Barbara Kolosinska, Managing Director at C&M Travel Recruitment (http://www.candm.co.uk/) and C&M Executive Recruitment, said: "Any difference in salaries between men and women is too much, but it is still very pleasing to see the gender pay gap in the travel industry fall from 14.2 per cent before the pandemic to 6.5 per cent in 2021. There is still a long way to go to reach parity, but this report makes for encouraging reading."
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