Salaries for the average new job in travel jumped by a huge 11.53 per cent in 2022 to stand at a record £30,617, according to the 2022 Travel Salary Index from C&M Travel Recruitment which surveyed all new vacancies registered with the company during the year.
The figure was up by 8.59 per cent from the last pre-pandemic year of 2019 and was also up by 14.01 per cent from 2018 and by 17.62 per cent from 2017.
The rise was even larger for standard new travel jobs (those paying up to £40,000) which increased annually by 17.36 per cent to stand at an average of £28,496. Compared to previous years, 2022’s total was up by 14.25 per cent from 2019, up by 14.95 per cent from 2018 and up by 23.52 per cent from 2017.
However, salaries for the average new senior travel role (those paying £40,000 and above) dipped by 6.77 per cent in 2022. This was largely due to an increasing number of roles in the £40,000 to £45,000 range which pushed down the overall average salary for senior positions.
The number of people placed in new travel jobs jumped by 181 per cent in 2022 to reach a near-record high.
Speaking about the stats, Barbara Kolosinska, Managing Director at C&M Travel Recruitment, said:
“Whichever we look at it, 2022 was a historic year for travel recruitment. After suffering hugely as a result of the pandemic, we all needed 2022 to be a bumper year – and was it ever!”