Remuneration Survey

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The Restaurant Association conducts an annual remuneration survey, collecting comprehensive wage and salary data on job positions in the hospitality industry.

The survey covers more than 100 positions, drawn from almost 700 businesses. Altogether, the organisations participating in the survey employ more than 10,000 people.

Snapshot of 2016 remuneration survey results:

  • The 2016 remuneration survey indicates that overall hourly wage rates increased by 6 per cent over the two year period 2014 -2016.
  • At a glance of the 102 positions which were also surveyed in 2014, 35 saw increased hourly rates in 2016. 21 of those positions had an increase in excess of 5 per cent over the two year period.
  • Hourly wage rate increases ranged from 2 per cent(across several positions, including chef de partie, commis chef, executive chef) up to a 22 per cent increase for a wine waiter.
  • The head chef position increased 6 per cent in this survey (hourly wage) and waiters and sommeliers also saw a 6 per cent wage increase.
  • Restaurant Managers received a 12 per cent increase in their hourly rate.
  • The positions which had a wage rate decline in the latest survey included function manager, sales and marketing manager and sole kitchen operator.

The full remuneration survey results, which allow users to filter by position, type of business and region, can be ordered here, or download a copy of the executive summary here.