Hospitality ‘UK’s top sector’ for pay rises in 2018

New data has found that the hospitality industry saw advertised pay soar in 2017.

Data has shown that the top sector for pay rises is the hospitality industry.

The data is from independent job board, CV-Library, which analysed average advertised salaries in the UK’s key industries in 2017 compared with 2016.

It found that on average the hospitality industry advertised pay was up over 10% compared to the previous year, higher than any other sector.  

The top 10 industries for a pay rise in 2018 are:


  1. Hospitality – pay up 10.4%
  2. Automotive – pay up 10.2%
  3. Agriculture – pay up 9.5%
  4. Propertypay up 8.5%
  5. Retail – pay up 8.1%
  6. Media – pay up 7.5%
  7. Design – pay up 7.5%
  8. Construction – pay up 6.9%
  9. Charitypay up 6.6%
  10. IT – pay up 5.1%

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said : These industries are central to the UK economy’s success and it’s clear that more competition for talent has driven many employers to push up their pay packets in 2017.

“Interestingly, some of these industries are ones that could be struggling because of a lack of EU workers – agriculture and hospitality for example are heavily reliant on this labour, which could explain why higher pay is being offered.”

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