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Gender pay gap ‘due to more male high earners’


Phil Davies


A narrowing in travel’s gender pay gap is “nothing to celebrate”, say recruiters as a new study shows the disparity between executive-level salaries for men and women. The average male worker earned


14% more than female counterparts for a typical new travel job in 2019, compared with 18% in 2018 and a gap of 13% in 2017. The research, based on the


advertised vacancies of C&M Travel Recruitment and C&M Executive Recruitment, suggests men were appointed to executive roles with an average salary of £55,278 last year, £6,228 more than the executive roles for which women were recruited – an earnings gap of almost 12%, up from 10.6% in 2018. C&M defines executive roles as


those paying more than £40,000. Women were recruited for 53% of those roles – up from 38% in 2018 – and for 69% of all new travel jobs. Women were recruited for the


majority of roles across all levels of the industry, including 71% of positions paying below £22,000, 73% of roles paying between £22,000 and £29,999 and 70% of jobs paying between £30,000 and £39,999. While men earned more than


14%Gap in salary of jobs started by men and women in 2019


women overall last year, the gap was almost entirely due to the difference in pay received by the higher earners in travel, according to the study. Men were paid 1% more on


average than women for entry-level roles at £19,152, a difference of £183. But the situation was reversed for mid-level positions, with women earning 0.5% (£136) more than men with an average salary of £25,392. The pay gap for senior travel roles was 1.4%, with men earning £32,463


Villa Plus stops selling packages after airlines ‘block’ bookings


Villa Plus has stopped selling flight-inclusive packages as a result of airlines “blocking” third parties from booking and ramping up prices during Covid. It said it would “react to market conditions” as to whether it would sell packages in future, having reverted to accommodation-only from October 23. Existing package bookings will retain Atol and Abta protection.


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on average, £437 more than a female equivalent. C&M director Barbara Kolosinska


said: “It’s obviously good to see that the gender pay gap narrowed last year, but a difference of 14% is still nothing at all to celebrate. “The big question now is what


impact will Covid-19 have? We don’t yet have enough data to predict, but the concern is that men will increas- ingly be favoured for new jobs due to the extra childcare commitments created by the pandemic.” Claire Osborne, chair of the Asso-


ciation of Women Travel Executives, said: “It’s clear we still have some way to go before we achieve parity – par- ticularly in the executive-level roles.”


Tui offers help to partners hit by quake in Turkey and Greece


Tui has offered assistance to “local communities and partners” affected by a magnitude-7 earthquake that hit Greece and Turkey on Friday. The operator said on social media that no guests or staff were harmed. On Monday, it was reported that the death toll had risen to 91, with more than 1,000 injured.


Joss Croft


UKinbound urges government to create £45m fund


Inbound association UKinbound is urging the government to create a £45 million fund to halt the projected loss of almost two-thirds of jobs in the tourism sector by the end of the year. UKinbound members presented


proposals for a Tourism Resilience Fund to the Treasury on Monday. Chief executive Joss Croft said


the reduction in international visitors was costing the UK economy £457 million a week and tour operators were reporting turnover down by 91% on average. The association, which represents


more than 300 businesses, wants a scheme of grants to enable firms to survive until next spring when it is hoped visitors will return. Croft told Travel Weekly:


“Without support, we will see business failures. My concern is when the market does start to come back, these businesses are not going to be around.”


Petition aims to protect 25,000


travel jobs in Europe post-Brexit The Seasonal Businesses in Travel group has launched a petition calling for Brexit negotiators to allow 18-34-year-olds to work for short periods without visas. The organisation says the jobs of 25,000 UK citizens working in Europe – spanning reps, chalet hosts, chefs, nannies and bar staff – are at risk without a visa-exemption scheme. The petition is at: tinyurl.com/savetraveljobs


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