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  • The salary of a restaurant manager may depend greatly on the employer and type of establishment. Salaries in boutique restaurants, for example, tend to be slightly higher than those in themed/branded restaurants. Many restaurant managers also receive bonus payments if they reach the targets set by their head office.
  • According to the Hospitality Guild the salaries for restaurant managers working in fine dining are in the region of £22,000 to £40,000, while in casual dining restaurants they range from £20,000 to £30,000. Salaries in London and the South West tend to be higher than elsewhere in the country.
  • Many restaurant managers work late evenings and weekends. Public holiday and shift work, including split shifts, is also common. Overtime may be essential in some positions and it is important to be willing to work until the job is completed, whatever time that may be.
  • The work is generally indoors in a warm, but sometimes cramped, environment. Many restaurant managers divide their time between the front-of-house area, the office and the kitchen.
  • There are opportunities throughout the UK.
  • The range of responsibilities depends on the type of restaurant for which you work. Levels of responsibility vary between restaurant chains.
  • Dress codes vary and range from very formal wear to a company uniform.
  • Responding to customer complaints, overseeing many activities at once, and the fast pace of work make this a varied and possibly stressful role.
  • The shift patterns that managers are required to work may disrupt your personal life.
  • Managers may be requested to cover at other restaurants. This demands mobility, flexibility and a willingness to travel.

Salary data from the Hospitality Guild. Figures are intended as a guide only.

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Written by AGCAS editors
January 2014

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