Salaries for typical new travel jobs increased last month to a new record high, an analysis of new vacancies shows.

Average industry salaries for roles paying less than £40,000 rose by almost 3% in the month to reach £23,209, which is the highest since 2011.

Overall salaries in the south of England also hit a new all-time high of £28,816, with much of this increase being down to London’s record monthly figure of £29,939, while northern wages also rose for the third month in a row to reach £22,799.

Overall average UK salaries in travel now stand at £26,199, up by 1.34% over the previous month and a rise of 5.78 from April 2015.

There was also positive news in terms of candidate registrations in April, with the number of people searching for travel jobs increasing by 21% from March and by 35% annually.

However, new vacancy numbers fell in April and remained down year-on-year, according to the latest travel salary index complied by C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment.

Director Barbara Kolosinska said: “Salaries for typical new travel jobs have risen to a record high, which is fantastic news for job seekers and the whole travel industry.

“Wages have actually increased annually for the past six months, so this is clearly more than a brief blip – and long may it continue.

“It’s also great to see salaries increase for both standard and executive jobs, as well as in both the south and north of the UK.

“Prior to this year, this had only happened once in the space of the previous two years, but we have now seen these universal salary increases three times in the past four months. 2016 really has got off to a record start.”

Kolosinska added: “More travel candidates searched for jobs in April than at any point since last October – and with average salaries jumping to a record high last month, there’s a very obvious incentive for many more travel professionals to begin their job search too.”