More women front of house but still earning less than men

By Nikkie Sutton

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Glass ceiling: female bar staff are still earning less than males
Glass ceiling: female bar staff are still earning less than males

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Women are dominating front of house roles but their salaries are still lagging behind those of their male counterparts, according to reports.

London recruitment company The Change Group analysed six years of data from the Office of National Statistics along with the company’s own database of candidate registrations.

The results showed though women held 70% of chef de rang or waiter positions, men are still paid approximately £1,150 more per year than females.

Founder and director of The Change Group, Craig Allen, said: “Our analysis shows that while there isn’t as straightforward a male/female divide as there once was, men are clearly still the winners front of house.

“Even in roles such as waitering, where women clearly dominate, men earn more money.

“We know that many restaurants and employers are addressing this situation but we all need to do more to ensure fair pay for all.”

Male staff earning more

The figures also revealed male head waiters earn almost £4,300 more, or almost 20% more, than their female counterparts.

There are over 50% more female than male catering and bar managers, while men hold more restaurant (67%) and pub manager (60%) roles.

On average, female restaurant managers earn almost £3,500 less than men, equivalent to 10% less.

Female bar managers earn around £600 less on average than men but female assistant bar managers are earning around £600 more than men.


Women sommeliers registered with The Change Group receive £827 more on average than men, and female floor managers are paid £670 more than men.

Last month (September), figures published by the British Beer and Pub Association revealed more than half of pub staff are female​.

Other figures, including the number of women in the trade, were revealed by the beer and women forum Dea Latis which found women believe brewers’ approach to their gender has improved over the last 10 years but say there is more work to be done​.

Earlier this year (February), Cask Marque hired its second female assessor in the UK​ as it continues to promote beer quality in the on-trade.

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