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Is it time for a change?

  • Chef Recruitment Agency
  • January 2018

A career as a chef isn’t for the faint hearted, it takes a certain character with the commitment required to succeed in such a competitive and challenging environment.

We all want the best job, working for the best chefs and in the best restaurants, but these positions can be few and far between. Times have changed and in recent years there has been a real shortage of good staff in the catering industry, this has opened up opportunities for those who dare to risk a new way of working.

Permanent roles have always been the most highly sought after, however there is great opportunity to be gleaned from considering a self employed career path, or in this case, relief cheffing.

At Chefs for Chefs, we are seeing an increase in demand from established and highly regarded restaurants and hotels looking for high quality relief chefs – this could be to help cover workload during periods of demand of a few weeks or to allow a restaurant to test the water with a change in direction which could be a longer term contract.

Relief chefs on our books can enjoy a better work / life balance compared to permanent chefs. For example, a typical Chef de Partie will earn £18,000 per year working 50 hours a week, whereas a relief Chef de Partie will earn £25,740 per year working a 45 hour week on average. This equates to a raise of 43%. They can also take advantage of a more flexible working pattern, perhaps taking a week off here and there in between contracts. In order to achieve this work / life balance, it’s important to seek advice to understand the financial implications of becoming self employed.

At Chefs for Chefs we can help you do this as there are a number of potential tax and pension implications to consider prior to making a seamless transition to a self employed career choice.

The big worry for most people moving to self employed is the fear that there might be periods without work. With there being such a shortage of good kitchen staff, we continually have plenty of exciting positions to choose from. The relief chefs we have on our books love the diversity and flexibility of their work which can help to accelerate career progression too – expanding CVs with experience of working in different kitchens and under different chefs.

If you want to know more, call the Chefs for Chefs team for an informal chat.


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