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Overall hospitality & leisure pay growth slows as chef salaries soar

The growth rate for salaries in the hospitality and leisure industry slowed throughout 2018, according to new data from the 2019 Reed Hospitality & Leisure Salary Guides.

The growth rate throughout 2018 for advertised salaries was just 0.5%. On the other hand, some select roles within the sector saw a sharp increase in advertised salaries throughout the year.

For instance, the average advertised salary for an executive chef increased by 8.5% to almost £45,800 in the past year, while hotel managers (7.8%) and pastry chefs (4.7%) also saw a significant increase in advertised salaries.

Bill Dawes, area manager of Reed Hospitality & Leisure, commented: “The hospitality sector is in great health. Innovative outlets are popping up everywhere, with technology supporting both back and front-of-house tasks. 

“Training, recruitment and retention are improving significantly, thanks in large part to new academies. The only concerns in the sector are uncertainty over Brexit, and struggling high street chains.

“Despite this, the British Hospitality Association predicts there’ll be another 500,000 hospitality jobs created by 2022, demonstrating the growth and expansion of the sector in the coming years. 

“And companies are employing people on permanent contracts, so there still remains an undercurrent of confidence that this consumer dependent industry is strong enough to thrive after Brexit.”

“Companies have a better view of the staff they need, and this has involved heavier investments in HR, retention and internal recruiters hired to attract candidates. This has coincided with greater investment in training to convince new workers that this industry is not a short-term career option. 

“Hospitality and leisure can give passionate people that have the skills to work in a consumer-facing industry a rewarding career for life.”