Average annual travel industry salaries rose by just 0.41% or £99 in July but fell year on year by 1.3%.

The three-month average, seen as a more reliable indicator of recent trends, was down a disappointing 3.4%, according to the latest Travel Salary Index from C&M Recruitment Consultancy and Chisholm & Moore Executive Recruitment.

However, the 0.41% increase marked a welcome rise after the successive falls seen in May and June.

While lower than the figures for much of the first half of the year, the average salary of £24,561 remained higher than 2012’s average of £24,425, according to the travel recruitment specialist.

July also saw the biggest monthly rise since January in the number of candidates seeking new roles.

In addition, the number of new vacancies registered remained ahead of the average figure seen in 2012.

Sales director Barbara Kolosinska said: “Average salaries increased last month which is always great to see – especially after falls in the two previous months.

“July’s figure is also higher than the average pay for 2012, which is yet another indication that employers in the travel industry are becoming more confident and competitive with salaries in order to secure the best candidates for their company.”

She added: “As expected, the end of this summer’s great weather meant that people began to refocus on their career and so we saw a large rise in new candidates registering with us.

“This, combined with the healthy number of new vacancies that we advertised in the month, suggests that late summer and the early autumn will be a busy period for travel recruitment.”