Bar staff paid £14k less than average salary

By Nikkie Thatcher

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The low down: salaries for bar and waiting staff were below the national average wage
The low down: salaries for bar and waiting staff were below the national average wage
Bar staff receive the lowest pay in the UK, earning an average of £15,072 a year, according to new research.

The study from RS Components, which is based on data from the Office of National Statistics, also found the second lowest earning workers in the UK were waiting staff who earn £14,014 less than the national average, being paid an annual salary of £15,454.

The data discovered the average working Brit earns £569 per week, totalling £29,558 a year, however, this can vary based on type of role, age and gender.

In the UK, CEOs are the highest paid occupation and earn an average of £97,083 a year – £67,525 more than the national average.

Kitchen salaries

The average CEO also earns £21,228 a year more than the second highest profession – a medical practitioner.

Meanwhile, average salaries for kitchen staff in London increased by 14.8% in 2018,​ according to new analysis data.

The research by hospitality recruiter The Change Group found this was the equivalent of a £4,215 pay rise in one year and as a result, pay for a hospitality employee in London, working back of house now stands at £32,674 a year.

The Change Group said one factor in the rise of back-of-house salaries could be an increasing willingness to negotiate pay.

Negotiating pay

A recent survey from the recruiter into attitudes on pay, including 257 people working in the industry, showed hospitality workers were much more confident about negotiating pay and many were receiving large annual rises.

It found more than half (58%) of respondents had negotiated a pay rise that was above what the employer was planning to offer them.

While typically, hospitality workers negotiate a pay rise when moving jobs (28.8%) and at a promotion (29.5%), almost one in five (19%) negotiated pay increases at regular intervals.

Almost half (45.1%) had negotiated a salary increase in excess of 10%, and 11% had achieved a pay rise of more than a fifth (20%).

It also highlighted a broad spread in the level of pay rises employees were receiving, with one in eight (12.5%) getting £3,000 or more and one in 15 employees receiving more than £4,500.

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