Female front-of-house staff paid up to 20% less than men

Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd

18 October 2016

Female front-of-house staff are being paid up to a fifth less than men, despite making up a greater proportion of the industry, according to analysis from hospitality recruitment company, The Change Group.

A review of six years of data from the Office of National Statistics as well as the Change Group's database of candidates, found that while women hold 70% Chef de Rang (waiter) positions, men are still paid around £1150 more per annum than women. Male head waiters earn almost £4300 more than female head waitresses, or almost 20% more.

Craig Allen, founder and director of The Change Group, said: 'Our analysis shows that while there isn’t as straightforward a male/female divide as there once was, men are clearly still the winners front of house.

'Even in roles such as waitering, where women clearly dominate, men earn more money. We know that many restaurants and employers are addressing this situation but we all need to do more to ensure fair pay for all.'

However, the pay gap discrepancy was not consistent across all roles.

According to the Change Group, female restaurant managers on average earn almost £3500 less than men per year, equating to around 10% less, while female bar managers earn on average £600 less than male managers.

However female assistant bar managers are currently earning around £600 per annum more than men. Female sommeliers registered with The Change Group are on average paid £827 more than men, and female floor managers are paid £670 more than men.

Women make up the majority of catering and bar managers, occupying around 56% of roles, men hold more restaurant (67%) and pub manager (60%) roles than women.

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