News & Insights: wage trends 2024

Hospitality and Catering sector

As we look at the trends for salary over the past 6 months and looking at 2024 brackets, this year we also must remember the changes to the living wage rates. These are going up alot this year, depending on the hours, it could mean some roles might need higher base salaries. our wage review is based on companies who do 48hr contract. some companies do lower wages on 40 hr contract with paid overtime. The national Living  wage and living wage is going up in  April 2024.

Average wage within this sector towards the end of 2023

here is a guide based on companies within the UK during Q4 of 2023. This is based on standard contracts, any contracts that offer hybrid or remote are often slightly lower.

  • commis chef, £24000 – £26000 (london, £27000 – 28000)
  • Demi chef de partie, £25000 – 27000  (london £30,000)
  • chef de partie £28000 – £32000 (london £33000 – £35000)
  • junior sous chef £31000 – 33000 (london £36000 – 37000)
  • sous chef £35000 – 40000  (london 40000 – 43000)
  • head chefs depend so much depending on the size type of place, type of food, the brack is from 38k – 70k. it depends so much at this leve


National living wage

It was announced, for over 21 year olds, this will now be at £11.44 per hour. from April 2024. This means if someone works (after breaks) From 2024, the higher rate will be available for 21 and 22 yr olds not just over 23 yr olds. please see below the minimum wage you must pay based on the contracted hours.

  • 35hrs £20,820
  • 37hrs£22,010
  • 40hrs£23,795
  • 45hrs£26,769
  • 48hrs£28,554

The rates for under 21 year olds, at the time writing this has not been released yet. This is basic wage excluding bonus

The above base salaries will go up for many kitchens in Q2 of 2024 as you must pay the living wage or above.


HtE Recruitment News & Insights

This news and insights page has been written by Rick based on information on the government website and the autumn statement. Rates of pay quoted is correct on 17/11/22 and the rates do change each year. The salary trends are based on salaries from various clients in qtr  3 and 4 of 2023. it is to be used as a guide to the market, each company is different and other factors like parking costs do have a say in these figures.  HtE Recruitment take no responsibility for this post.

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