Travel job placements ‘hit highest level in 19 months’

The volume of job seekers being placed in new travel roles has reached its highest point since around the start of the pandemic 19 months ago, latest data reveals.

While levels have increased for the last five months in a row, volumes remain below pre-pandemic days.

September’s total was down by almost a quarter compared to the same month in 2019, according to C&M Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment.

However, job vacancies in the travel industry hit the second highest level since February 2020.

New travel jobs have now increased in ten of the past 11 months but last month’s number of new roles remained 9% below September 2019.

But companies face a dip in new candidates, with September’s total being 15% below the number recorded the previous month.

The figure was the lowest since May and was down by 21% from September 2019.

C&M director Barbara Kolosinska said: “Momentum is truly back in the travel jobs market. Placements are at a 19-month high, and new vacancies are at their second highest level since the pandemic began.

“But despite the positive statistics regarding jobs, there was a fall in new jobseekers in September.

“Some candidates may potentially have been cautious about searching for a new job last month, fearing that the end of the furlough scheme could create an abundance of new candidates.

“However, early data suggests that the scheme’s closure had minimal impact on September and October’s job patterns, with many furloughed employees likely to have begun their search for a new role in previous months.”

Meanwhile, more than 60% of the world’s aviation leaders believe the pandemic will discourage people from joining the sector, according to a survey carried out by specialist aviation jobs firm Goose Recruitment.

As many as 43% believe the pandemic has impacted their career for the worse while 64% of leaders think it will take two to four years for the aviation sector to make a full recovery to pre-Covid levels.

Company chief executive Mark Charman said: “Our new reality will demand more from leaders, taking on board what they have learnt in this time of crisis, listening to their employees, creating more empowerment with the goal of creating a better future for aviation.”

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