You may ask why this is something we should be looking at. The national chef shortage is well reported, however we were surprised to learn that only 18.5% of the UK's chef workforce is made up of women.
This is a shockingly low number. We looked at our business and while it was pleasing to see that out of the 4,300-plus chefs we employ, 35% were female, we felt this still wasn't good enough.
Therefore, we decided to look at the obstacles preventing women from firstly, entering the industry and then secondly, not progressing within it or leaving. We found that long working hours and irregular working patterns made a career as a chef a challenging choice for many women, especially those who also juggle a family life or have aspirations to do so. But we feel a lot of the barriers that exist can be broken down just through the differences present in the contract-catering business.
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