Average earnings for most hospitality professions drop in 2013

12 December 2013 by
Average earnings for most hospitality professions drop in 2013

Owners and managers of hotels have seen their average weekly earnings decline by almost 5% in 2013, while catering and bar staff have seen a 6.2% drop.

But it was better news for waiters and waitresses, who saw an 11% rise in weekly earnings.

The findings came as part of average earnings data for the year to April 2013 from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which found that average earnings in the UK have risen by less than the rate of inflation for the fifth year running.

Most hospitality occupations saw a drop in earnings in real terms, thanks to inflation, which stood at 2.4% over the same period, as measured against the Consumer Prices Index.

The average weekly earnings for employees in all hospitality professions listed in the ONS statistics were lower than the national average, which stood at £517, a rise of 2.2%.

The average pre-tax pay reached £27,000 a year, an increase of 2.1% over 2012.

Median weekly earnings in hospitality, by occupation (percentage change, 12 months to April 2013 vs 12 months to April 2012):

Waiters and waitresses: £123.40 (+10.9%)

Kitchen and catering assistants: £150.40 (+3%)

Chefs: £324.40 (+2.7%)

Bar staff: £117 (+2.6%)

Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services: £431.60 (+2%)

Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors: £392.70 (+2%)

Food preparation and hospitality trades: £304.40 (-0.2%)

Housekeepers and related occupations: £210.30 (+0.4%)

Publicans and managers of licensed premises: £394.10 (-2.8%)

Hotel and accommodation managers and proprietors: £457.70 (-4.5%)

Catering and bar managers: £328.40 (-6.2%)

Cooks: £202.50 (-9.5%)

Source: Office for National Statistics

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