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Chefs' earnings set to climb and climb

12 January 2006

Chefs can look forward to wage hikes well above the national average over the next 14 years, according to training provider City & Guilds (C&G).

The C&G's Future Earnings survey showed that high-flying vocational workers are set for a golden era as employers put more emphasis on practical skills.

Chefs and cooks are predicted to enjoy above-average annual salary growth of 3.43% until 2020, compared with a national average of 3%.

However, restaurant and catering managers should see their average pay packets grow at a rate below the national average, just 2.83%, to £35,680 over the same period.

Top of the vocational tree will be those in the leisure club industry, where leisure and sports managers can look forward to salary growth of a whopping 6.82% to £79,890.

Predicted average earnings by 2020

National average£57,576+2.99%
Leisure and sports managers£79,890+6.82%
Hairdressers£20,936+3.85%
Chefs/cooks£26,256+3.43%
Plumbers£42,076+3.41%
Beauticians£22,103+3.09
Restaurant and catering managers£35,680+2.83%

By Chris Druce

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