Hospitality workers bottom of national pay league


Workers in hotels and restaurants are the lowest paid in Britain, according to the Office for National Statistics’ New Earnings Survey. Average gross earnings for a full-time employee stood at £308 a week, some £28 a week lower than the average for workers in the agriculture, hunting and forestry sector, who were the second lowest paid.

But agricultural workers’ earnings were boosted by working longer hours than those in hotels and restaurants – an average 45 hours and 20 minutes compared with 40 hours and 50 minutes in hospitality.

Average hourly earnings in the hotel and restaurant sector were actually higher than those in agriculture – £7.47 compared with £7.26. Average gross annual pay in hotels and restaurants was £16,533 and average gross weekly pay was £307.60. This represents a 3.2% rise against the previous year.

The survey covers the tax year to April 2003.

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