Job placements hit highest level for two years

By Lisa James
17/03/2022
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More candidates were placed in new travel jobs last month than at any point since the pandemic began, according to the latest statistics.

Figures from C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment show a 49%  increase in travel placements from the previous month to set a new pandemic-high – standing 15% above the previous best, which was recorded in November 2021.

Despite this, last month’s total remained down on the typical February average, with a relatively slight ten per cent fall from February 2020 and a 15 per cent dip from the same month in 2019.

And travel companies are beginning to make job opportunities more attractive, but the jobs market will continue to be driven by candidates for some time.

The number of new candidates searching for travel jobs fell slightly in February by 2%, however it was up by 26% from February 2020, when the very earliest disruption from COVID-19 was seen, and down by just 0.2% from the same month in 2019.

Similarly, the number of new travel job vacances also fell 26% from January’s high. Compared to previous years, February 2022’s total was up by nearly 600% from the same month in 2021 and up by 14% from 2020, but down by 12% from February 2019.

C&M Managing Director Barbara Kolosinska said: “As a recruitment company, our main aim is to find great talent for our clients, so we’re delighted that more candidates were placed in travel roles last month than at any point in the past two years.

“March has also got off to an extremely busy start with a particularly big increase in recruitment activity from TMCs since the end of February.

“With many companies looking to take on new recruits to help them cope with demand, the shortage of experienced travel candidates is continuing to create issues for our industry – and this will continue until we see higher salaries, better packages, increased flexibility, career progression opportunities and an all-round more enticing offering to potential job seekers.

“Some companies are beginning to make their job opportunities more attractive, but it is likely to remain a candidate driven market for a considerable amount of time.”

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