Catering and Hospitality Salaries Buck the Trend

Catering and Hospitality Salaries Buck the Trend

Salaries in the catering and hospitality sector are up 2.2% year-on-year, according to catering, driving, industrial and office recruitment company Blue Arrow. Featured in the recruiter’s latest monthly hiring report, the figure is in stark contrast to current salary trends in Blue Arrow’s other featured sectors, where average salaries continued a fall that began in April.

Despite the rise from £22,876 to £23,817 in the average catering and hospitality salary, the more junior level roles in the sector suffered significant reductions, with commis chefs hit the hardest. A 9.7% drop in salary saw their earnings dive from £18,574 to £16,766 over the year. At the other end of the scale, salaries for head chefs hover around the £30,000 mark across most regions, with a high of £35,401 in London and a low of £27,158 in Yorkshire.

The biggest drop was experienced in the supply chain, retail and logistics sector, where average salaries fell 3.6% to £27,616 in the year to August 2016. Forklift drivers were among very few exceptions to the rule, their average salary increasing by a massive 19.4% from £19,730 to £23,459 – although this is still well below the sector average.

In engineering and manufacturing, it was the fitters who were the biggest winners over the year, enjoying an average salary rise of 14.2% from £26,754 to £30,544. This was still well below the industry average of £35,076, which has fallen 2% from £35,807 a year ago.

It was a similar story in the office sector, where average salaries fell 3.2% to £23,655 over the year. Despite a significant fall in their earnings of 6.6%, from £28,778 to £26,875, PAs still remain the best paid professionals in the sector, earning significantly more than the industry average and commanding as much as £32,418 in London.

Focusing on the most sought-after job roles within four sectors – catering and hospitality; supply chain, retail and logistics; engineering and manufacturing; and office – Blue Arrow’s unique reports which feature normalised data taken from job boards and company websites across the UK, gives salary analysis, job demand levels and average salaries for a range of sought after skills across the UK.

Toni Richards, Marketing Director, said: “We want to give our clients timely indicators of labour demand and salary changes within their market, helping them to make key hiring decisions at the right time. We hope that we can help our clients’ workforce planning with relevant, real-time insights into what’s happening in their labour market.”

Take a look at August’s sector reports here: Sector Reports

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