Industry is no place for married couples

30 November 2006
Industry is no place for married couples

Increasingly I come across young hotel and restaurant workers who are leaving the profession once they marry because they see the industry as "marriage-unfriendly".

The stream of young people and even older workers coming into the industry is rapid, yet there are no real incentives in place for married professionals. The profession is widely known for poor pay and we still have split shifts. I still read adverts offering £25,000 for a sous chef's position in the London area, where he or she would need more than £30,000 to survive.

How can anyone be expected to earn £25,000 a year for a highly stressful job, with very long and unsocial hours and not be self-employed?

Albert Thomson
The Butts, Scotlandwell, Fife

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