The average salary for a new job in business travel in the UK has increased by 13 per cent compared with 2019 to reach just over £29,000 per year.
Figures from travel industry recruitment specialist C&M Travel Recruitment found that the average salary for a new business travel job was £29,207 during the first half of 2022, compared with £25,746 for the same period in 2019.
The 13 per cent salary rise for business travel jobs mirrors a similar percentage increase across the entire UK travel industry since 2019.
Recruitment activity levels in the UK travel industry hit a record high during the first six months of 2022, added C&M, with the number of candidates placed in new travel jobs jumping by 625 per cent from 2021. The level of placements also rose by 25 per cent on pre-Covid figures.
Barbara Kolosinska, director at C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment, said: “It may look like travel salaries have unexpectedly jumped in the past year, but this has been a long time coming. Travel has always been a comparatively poorly paid industry and, when you couple this with the current lack of available candidates, wages simply had to rise.
“There continues to be a lack of experienced applicants in the marketplace, but with the record numbers of vacancies and the more attractive pay packets currently on offer, we expect many talented travel professionals will want to assess the fantastic variety of travel jobs on offer in the second half of the year.”