Research Reveals Britons Paid More Than Other EU Staff at Restaurants

kitchen-731351_640A survey from from hospitality recruiter The Change Group has revealed differences in salaries in London’s top restaurants depending on nationality.

It shows British employees are earning on average 18% more than their European counterparts and 20% more than people from non-EU countries. At an average of just over £34,000 per year, only German workers earn more than their British counterparts.

The top 10 highest paid nationalities in London restaurants (with percentage difference to UK nationals
Germany: £34,071 (+5.7%)
UK: £32,207
South Africa: £31,583 (-1.9%)
Australia: £30,824 (-4.3%)
Ireland: £30,462 (-5.4%)
France: £29,675 (-7.9%)
India: £29,639 (-8.0%)
Spain: £27,436 (-14.8%)
Slovakia: £27,391 (-15.0%)
Italy: £27,157 (-15.7%)

A more thorough examination of what the most experienced hospitality workers from different countries earn in London exposes a similar picture, on average, British general managers, sous chefs, head chefs and chefs de partie are generally earning more than their counterparts from Europe and the rest of the world.

General manager
Rest of the world: £37,971 (+0.3%)
UK: £37,870
EU: £37,027 (-2.2%)

Head chef
UK: £37,296
Rest of world: £35,719 (-4.2%)
EU: £34,412 (-7.7%)

Sous chef
UK: £28,863
EU: £28,046 (-2.8%)
Rest of world: £27,063 (-6.2%)

Chef de partie
UK: £24,068
Rest of world: £23,261 (-3.4%)
EU: £23,242 (-3.4%)

The data also revealed that over 50% of people looking for restaurant work in London are from the EU (55%). Around a third of applicants are British (35%) and a quarter from non-EU countries (10%).

The analysis is based on 1,982 registrations at The Change Group between January and August 2016 by experienced people applying to work at top London restaurants.

Craig Allen, founder and director of The Change Group, said: “London restaurants are very diverse places with people from all over the world working together to deliver some of the best cooking and service on the planet.

“However our data suggests there is a discrepancy in terms of the salary expectation with employees from certain nationalities more regularly taking lower paid and generally less skilled positions than those from other countries.

“This situation has significant implications for restaurants moving forwards depending on how the Brexit negotiations evolve around freedom of movement for EU workers. If there are fewer EU workers in the UK this could result in wage bills rising for London restaurants.

“We could also see a worsening battle for talent in London as Britons only make up a third of applicants for jobs in the top restaurants, despite the fact that they are some of the most highly paid workers.

“Whatever happens with Brexit, we strongly recommend that industry leaders, government and the education sector does more to encourage more British people to work in hospitality.”