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Average travel job salaries rebounded last month after falling in September to reflect growing confidence in the sector, latest analysis shows.

Average pay on offer for posts being recruited for increased by 1.61% in October to reach £24,548, following a drop the previous month.

Annually, salaries were up by 1.27%, while the three-month average figure remained static at £24,498, but this was up by 2.52% over the same period in 2012.

The statistics come from the latest Travel Salary Index from C&M Recruitment Consultancy and Chisholm & Moore Executive Recruitment, which studied all new vacancies registered at the companies in the month.

It found that the number of new candidates and vacancies in the travel sector both increased strongly in October.

Barbara Kolosinska, sales director at C&M Recruitment Consultancy, said: “After an underwhelming few months, we’re delighted to see that salaries are increasing again.

“This is a positive sign not only for candidates, but also for the whole industry as it suggests that travel companies are becoming more confident and looking to strengthen their teams with experienced candidates.

“It now appears that the average travel salary for 2013 will see a healthy rise from last year, which is great news as we head into the winter period.”

October’s total number of new jobs ranked second only to May as the best month of 2013 so far, while the number of new candidates rose by 9.67% to reach its highest level since July.

“The increases in both the number of new vacancies and the number of candidates registering for the positions confirmed that October was a very positive month for the travel recruitment sector,” said Kolosinska.

“The sharp increase in new job vacancies in the month suggests that travel companies are already feeling optimistic about 2014 and are aiming to put new recruits in place ready for the start of the year.”