Pay gap reduced

The gender pay gap in London’s hospitality scene has been reduced to 5.9 percent, the equivalent of £1,784, with female salaries rising at a faster rate than their male counterparts. The pay gap was 9.7 percent in 2017, or £2,712. The figures are based off analysis of figures provided by people from hospitality recruiter The Change Group.

“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 of The Change Group. “Our data indicates a gender pay gap among London’s luxury and fine dining establishments of less than 6 percent, which is below the national average for the sector. Women represent a huge talent opportunity for the hospitality sector.”

The average salary for female kitchen employees increased by 24.4 percent between 2017 and 2018, while men saw a 13.3 percent increase. For front of house, the average salary for men decreased by 7.1 percent and rose by 3.4 percent for women.

“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.”

While the overall number of women applying to work in the industry increased by 16.7 percent, while men declined by 14.4 percent. However, men still account for 82.4 percent of kitchen workers.