The hospitality industry’s gender pay gap is closing – fast

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Good news: the gender pay gap in London’s top hospitality venues has nearly halved, currently standing at 5.9%, down from 9.7% in 2017.

The numbers (see full list below) come from luxury hospitality recruiter The Change Group, which based the analysis on salaries paid to candidates registering for work with the business since 2017. Furthermore, although men still command the majority of jobs in the hospitality sector (representing more than four out of every five employees in the work force), the number of women employed in the industry are encouragingly increasing.

The reasons are twofold: female employees’ salaries have been steadily increasing at a higher level than those of their male counterparts, and more companies are creating jobs opportunities for aspiring female chefs.

‘The past year has seen strong growth in the number of women applying to work in hospitality, in their salaries as well as in their access to senior positions,’ said Jim O’Brien, director for The Change Group.

‘Our data indicates a gender pay gap among London’s luxury and fine dining establishments of less than six per cent, which is below the national average… Women represent a huge talent opportunity for the hospitality sector. We are seeing more and more companies tailor-make job opportunities to appeal to and attract further women, especially to work as chefs. The data demonstrates the successful efforts that top hospitality employers are making to smash the glass ceiling for female employees.’

2019 is the second year that UK companies with more than 250 employees have been required to publish information on gender pay differences. As of the 1 April this year, more than 300 hospitality businesses have already reported their gender pay gap data. Here’s hoping that 2020 sees another 50% close of the gap. 

The numbers

  • Gender pay gap in London’s top hospitality venues has narrowed to 9% in 2018, compared to 9.7% in 2017
  • Female chefs and kitchen employees’ salaries increased by 24.4% in 2018, versus back of house male employees’ salaries increasing by only 13.3%
  • Front of house salaries for female waiting staff and managers rose by 4%, versus the average front of house salaries for male workers decreasing by 7.1%
  • Number of women who applied for work in London’s top restaurant rose by 7%, versus male applicants which declined by 14.4%
  • As of 1 April 2019 in the UK as a whole, the gender pay gap for the hospitality industry is 5%, versus 8.5% in 2018







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