The number of new travel job vacancies rose again in May and has now increased for seven months in a row, according to C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment.
Vacancies reached the highest monthly figure since March 2020, while the total number of new vacancies in the past three months (March-May 2021) is 143% higher than the previous quarter (December 2020-February 2021).
However, travel vacancies remain much lower than pre-pandemic levels, with May 2021’s figure being 72% lower than May 2019.
The number of placements also increased, and total travel job placements have now risen by 125% in the last three months compared to the previous quarter.
Candidate numbers increased by 37% between March and May compared to the previous three months.
Barbara Kolosinska, director at C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment, said: “Despite frustrations about the scale of travel restrictions that remain in place, many travel companies are increasingly taking on top talent to help them cope with a rise in demand.
“We’ve seen travel job vacancies increase consistently since last November, and the market is now easily the busiest it has been since the start of the pandemic.
“In fact, recruitment levels have picked up so much that we’ve now brought our full team back from furlough to help us deal with the extra activity – and we’re delighted to have them back.”