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Pay for standard jobs in the travel industry rose to their highest point in almost three years, according to latest data.
Salaries for a typical travel job paying up to £40,000 increased by 4.61% in October to an average of £21,819 – the highest level since February 2013.
October was also the second month in a row to see a double-digit annual rise in wages for new standard travel positions.
New travel jobs paid an overall average of £24,819 last month, which was up 0.50% or £124 from September, with the figure continuing to be dragged down by the lack of senior roles paying £40,000 or more.
October also saw a dip in the number of new candidates searching for travel jobs after a three and a half year high in September, while there was also a small fall in the number of new roles being made available.
“The increases that we’re seeing in standard travel wages should be welcomed by the whole industry,” said Barbara Kolosinska, director at C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment, which carried out the research.
“Salaries for typical travel jobs – which we class as ones that pay up to £40,000 – have now risen in five of the last six months. These roles include everything from entry level positions all the way up to middle management, so wages are now rising across the vast majority of the industry.
“Unfortunately, there continues to be a lack of higher-salaried senior and executive roles, although the early indications from November suggest this is beginning to change.”
She added: “The number of new travel jobs being created and the amount of new candidates looking for these roles both fell in October, but they remain well ahead of the average for the past year.”
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