Travel industry pay dipped in November as the annual winter slowdown in the recruitment market kicked in.

However, overall salaries for the year to last month rose by 3.66% over the same period in 2012 despite the 1.82% decline in advertised salaries in November.

The average industry salary for November was £24,101, while the three month average stood at £24,270, according to latest data from C&M Recruitment Consultancy and Chisholm & Moore Executive Recruitment, which studied all new vacancies registered at the companies in the month.

C&M Recruitment Consultancy sales director Barbara Kolosinska said: “While any fall in salary is disappointing, the 3.66% rise in pay from this time last year is a more accurate indication of the state of the travel jobs market.

“Salaries may have fallen in November, but 2013 continues to be a positive year for travel recruitment, with many companies not only stepping up their efforts to find new employees, but also offering higher packages to secure the right recruits.”

Although the number of new travel jobs being made available fell, November’s figure was still the third best so far this year.

But the picture was not so positive in terms of the number of new candidates registering for travel jobs with November witnessing a sharp dip compared to the previous month.

Kolosinska said: “Winter is here, and with it comes the expected slowdown in the recruitment market. While December is traditionally a very quiet month, it appears that, even in November, people’s attentions have turned towards the holiday season.

“However, many companies are looking to find new recruits to fill their job vacancies before the Christmas break, while we expect to see a buoyant market when January appears.”