What Are The Highest Paying Jobs In The UK Hospitality Industry?

The hospitality sector includes a wide range of high paying and rewarding careers in management, events, cookery, design, project implementation, customer service, and other disciplines. Although some candidates start by waiting tables or in entry-level kitchen roles, ambitious and hardworking employees can take advantage of career progression and training opportunities and work their way to a high paying job.

Here’s an overview of the top paying types of job in the UK’s hospitality industry.

1) Hotel Manager

Hotel managers are crucial for the success of any hotel business. Their responsibilities are so varied, that it would be easier to list the tasks they’re not involved with. Hotel managers are responsible for the smooth running of all hotel departments, from front of house to housekeeping, F&B, maintenance, accounts, sales, and so on.

As you can imagine, the position entails a huge level of responsibility and leadership, and professionals who can demonstrate their value are rewarded accordingly.

So, what is the average hotel management salary in the UK? At Spayse, we usually place them with high end employers at £80K+.

2) Events Manager

Event managers are masters of organisation and creative planning. Like hotel managers, events management roles are varied and involve liaising with multiple departments, from logistics and travel companies to catering providers. They must also be flexible and versatile, since they are often asked to manage different types of events, from international conferences to exclusive private functions.

As an events manager, you are responsible for ensuring that every event goes according to plan. This means you must have superb time management and interpersonal skills and be able to work within strict budgets. And because you’ll have to deal with clients and suppliers, you must also have impeccable communication and negotiation skills, and be confident dealing with people at every level, from the shop floor to the board room.

An average event manager salary in the UK ranges between £23,000 and £48,000, depending on experience and qualifications, although some of the highest placed managers in the corporate events sector can earn a lot more than this.

3) Executive Chef

Executive chefs are highly experienced in their industry, and have often moved through the ranks gaining first-hand experience of what it means to run a commercial kitchen.

This is a largely managerial role that requires coordinating the work of other chefs. Other important responsibilities include menu creation, food & labour cost management, recruiting, and purchasing equipment as needed. There may be some cooking involved too, although most of the working day is spent in supervisory or admin tasks.

An average executive chef salary in the UK can range from £28,000 to £79,000, depending on experience and the type of venue you work for. Highly experienced chefs in leading restaurants can easily earn £100K or more per year, especially if you manage to establish a name for yourself.

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A hospitality career can be very rewarding for the right candidate. If you have the right qualifications and experience, luxury hospitality recruitment agencies like Spayse Recruitment can help place you in a high paying role. Get in touch today to find out more.

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