Number of female pub licensees falls almost 44% in past five years, finds study

28/11/2017 - 07:00
The number of female pub license holders has fallen almost 44% in the past five years, according to a new study from specialist hospitality recruiter, The Change Group.

The drop means only one in three publicans is now a woman, compared to a rate of two out of every five in 2012, while the number of male licensees has declined by less than 22% over the same period.

The Change Group says its analysis is based on recent data from the Office of National Statistics along with historical data.

Co founder and director, Craig Allen, said, “The decline in the number of pub jobs is very distressing, especially the fact that women pub owners have been among the biggest losers.

“Running a pub is as much a lifestyle choice as a job. Pubs have also been an important area of entrepreneurship for women despite the fact that senior pay is lower than in other parts of hospitality.

The data found that overall, the number of publicans and managers of licensed premises stands at a five year low, down 30% from five years ago and 45% from three years ago.

The number of catering and bar managers has fallen 13% and the number of bar staff has dropped by 8% during the same period of time.

Allen added: “Successful pubs now need an outstanding food offering to compete and this is tough.

“They need to hire skilled chefs at a time when talent is scarce and as a result can command higher salaries.

“Coupled with rising costs as a result of inflation and a weak pound, this creates a very hard proposition, especially for smaller independents.

“So while it is great to see such growth in hospitality employment overall, it is a shame that this is happening against a backdrop of rapid decline in British pubs, and in particular among female owners.”

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