Average kitchen salaries rose by 14.8% in 2018, while front of house wages decreased for the second year running, according to industry analysis.
Research by hospitality recruitment agency the Change Group found that growth in chef and kitchen wages equated to an average pay increase of £4,215 across the sector – and brought the average pay for hospitality employees working back of house to £32,674 a year.
However the survey of workers found front of house pay had fallen for the second year in a row. Wages were found to have dropped by 3.7%, or £1,168 – putting the average salary at £30,051 per year.
Director of the Change Group, Jim O’Brien, said: “There has been a significant adjustment in chef salaries over the past two years, which is a good thing, our research shows more and more employees are asking for regular pay increases, and not waiting for a promotion or moving to a new job, before asking for more money.
“The decline in average front of house salaries is partly due to the fact that businesses are creating more opportunities for junior employees. Overall, we are seeing an increase in the number of candidates registering at Change.
“Overall hospitality businesses in London need support in order to ensure they get the right people for the job and that candidates are carefully checked to ensure they fit the right requirements.
“It is vital that the industry works hand in hand with government and education to showcase that hospitality is a fantastic career and offers a wide range of opportunities for people with different talents.”