The gender pay gap across London’s hospitality venues has narrowed from 9.7% in 2017 to 5.9% in 2018, according to luxury hospitality recruiter The Change Group.

Information provided by more than 300 hospitality businesses on the 1 April revealed that wages for female hospitality employees increased by a higher amount than their male counterparts last year.

The gender pay gap narrowed to £1,784 on average in 2018 compared to 2017, where the pay gap was £2,712. These statistics were based on  salaries paid to candidates registering for work at The Change Group over the past two years.

Salaries for female chefs and kitchen workers in London increased by an average of £6,136 over 2017, while back-of-house salaries for male employees increased by £3,589.

Front-of-house salaries for female staff and managers rose by £983, while average front-of-house wages for male workers decreased by £2,343.

In 2018, the number of women applying for jobs as front-of-house staff increased by 53.3% and the number of candidates grew by 45.4%, compared to the number of male employees looking for work that declined by 12.6%.

The data also revealed that the gender pay gap across the UK’s hospitality industry as a whole was 6.5%, down from 8.5% in 2018.

The Change Group director Jim O’Brien said: “The past year has seen strong growth in the number of women applying to work in hospitality, in their salaries as well as in their access to senior positions.

“Our data indicates a gender pay gap among London’s luxury and find dining establishments of less than 6%, which is below the national average for the sector. Women represent a huge talent opportunity for the hospitality sector.

“We are seeing more and more companies tailor-make job opportunities to appeal to and attract further women, especially to work as chefs. The data demonstrates the successful efforts that top hospitality employers are making to smash the glass ceiling for female employees.”