Average travel industry pay rose to a record high of more than £29,000 last month, new jobs data reveals.

This represented a rise of almost 4% over June’s level to reach £29,286.

Standard salaries went up by almost 6% at the same time – the largest month-on-month rise since last November – to £25,471.

The increases came as the industry strives to attract new talent in a month when candidate and vacancy numbers both fell once again.

New travel jobs being made available dipped by 1% cent from June, while the number of new jobseekers fell by half a per cent from the same month last year.

Barbara Kolosinska, director of C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive recruitment, which carried out the research, said: “The 4% rise in salaries is great to see and it’s very encouraging for the industry because it will potentially tempt some candidates back into the market in search of these excellent pay packages.

“But this doesn’t hide the fact that it remains a candidate-driven market with a continuing lack of quality active jobseekers.

“August always suffers from summer holiday distractions, so activity levels are likely to remain subdued in the final days of this month, but we’re hopeful that we’ll have a much-needed boost when September arrives.”