Hospitality and Catering

Cause for celebration for Commis Chefs

The summer sun has warmed the economic outlook of recent months according to this month’s sector trend report from Blue Arrow. In the kitchen, for instance, Commis Chefs have seen their wages heat up by an incredible 16.8% from last year, from £16,554 per annum in 2016 to £17,773 in 2017.

This has been the largest salary boost to have occurred within the industry for many months, signalling that the British summer has had a positive effect on the hospitality and catering sector.

The average industry salary may have increased by a modest 1%, but this does not detract from the fact that Waiters and Bartenders have seen a 7.4% rise, Chefs de Partie a 6.4% rise and Sous Chefs a 4.4% rise. This has been reflected in jobs situated across the entirety of the UK, particularly in the Midlands and northern areas of the country.

Receptionists have seen the most significant decrease in this month’s sector report, with a decrease of -3.2% from £18,051 in 2016 to £7, 469 in 2017. This may be in part due to a reduction in job demand across contracted, temporary and permanent positions, however other roles within the industry seem to be in a relatively optimistic position. The industry average is also up by 7.7%, benefitting the southern and eastern regions of the UK most significantly.

The area that has proved to be the most stable in June’s sector tend report has been the transport and logistics sector. Job demand has only decreased slightly in the past thirty days and the majority of salaries have been gently strengthened compared with June 2016. Fork lift drivers have seen the best of this rise with a 6.5% increase to their salary, with Class II Drivers close behind with a 3.2% increase. The only reduction in salary was with Class I Drivers, but this was a small dip of -0.6%, taking their salary from £26,848 in 2016 to £26, 691 in 2017.

The manufacturing and production sector has had a very encouraging month in both job demand and salary. Not only has the industry average salary risen by 6.9%, but Warehouse Operatives, the lowest paid role within the sector, have seen a wage increase of 3.3%, rising from £16,595 in 2016 to £17,141 in 2017. Welders saw the largest increase with 5.9%, pushing them from £24,331 to £25,774 per annum.

Focusing on the most sought-after job roles within the hospitality and catering; transport and logistics; manufacturing and production; and call centre, admin and secretarial sectors, Blue Arrow’s sector trends reports feature salary analysis, job demand levels and average salaries by every UK region.

Toni Richards, Marketing Director, stated, “We’re starting to see the boost expected at this time of year and despite ongoing economic uncertainty these figures are encouraging.”

With over 60 branches across the UK, Blue Arrow provides specialist staffing services to clients across the hospitality, manufacturing, public service, retail, support services and transport sectors.

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