Travel job seekers hit six-month high, but vacancies fall

By Lisa James
18/06/2024
Home » Travel job seekers hit six-month high, but vacancies fall

The number of people looking for a new job in travel hit its highest point since November last month, but they are chasing fewer vacancies.

C&M Travel Recruitment’s Activity Index for May 2024 reveals the number of job seekers last month was the highest in six months, up 17% on April 2024 and a 2% increase on May 2023.

The number of new travel job placements dipped back by 15% in May, but still recorded the second highest total in the past 10 months. Compared to the same month last year, May’s total was down by 8%.

There was also a 5% fall in the number of new travel job vacancies last month, with May’s total dipping to its lowest level so far this year. The figure was down by 55% from the same month in 2023.

C&M Managing Director Barbara Kolosinska said: “The travel industry has been short of quality candidates for some time now, so it’s great to see that new jobseeker numbers have risen to their highest level of the year so far.

“But with new candidates falling in April then rising in May, while new job placements increased in April but dipped last month, once again we’re seeing inconsistency in the travel recruitment market with no clear trajectory.

“As we enter the holiday season and the added distractions of the Euros, we’re unlikely to see a big increase in overall activity but this could create opportunities for companies to snap up quality candidates searching for new travel roles over the quieter summer months.”

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