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Out and About Friday 5th October

There are still 75 chefs out working for Chefs In Scotland this is 2 up on last year.

Jobs out this week are a little down.

We are still looking to meet relief chefs here in Moffat, if you would like to come and have a chat about relief work please get in touch to check our availability.

There are few more relief chefs becoming available.

Im getting a few chefs emailing in their Hygiene Certificates ideally I would like everyone to have this sent over to me in the coming weeks.

Chefs are also getting in touch to let me know their availability for over the festive period.

A few chefs we placed towards the end of September

Chris Campbell at The Glenburn Hotel in Rothesay

Stuart Agnew is booked for New Year at the Cross Kingussie

George McCallum is at The Balmacara Hotel in Kyle of Lochalsh

Tony Vinter at The Mackays Hotel in Wick

Maciej Resinski has just started at The Glenburn Hotel

Taylor Mcfarlane is booked for The Pierhouse Hotel in Port Appin

Sebastian Held is booked for The Lovat Arms in Beauly

Graeme Kennedy and Patrick Johnstone are both at The Grandtully Hotel

Glyn Musker is back in Orkney at the Kirkwall Hotel

Tony Philip is at Ardlui Hotel Tom Williams is going to the Classroom

Lillian Clarkson is at The Links Hotel in Montrose

Robin McCrindle is at Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness

Thanks everyone for your continued hard work and support we really do appreciate 😊

What do we know about employment Law?

Holidays
Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year. An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave. Most workers who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28 days’ paid annual leave per year. This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday. This is usually worked out at a percentage of 12.07% of total hours worked. This is eligible for all workers including temporary workers and the employer and can enforce when holidays can be taken.

Contracts
An employer must give employees a written statement of particulars if they are employed for one month or more. This isn’t a contract as such, but the employer must provide the written statement within 2 months of the start of employment.
The contract must include:
• the business’s name and the employee’s name, job title or a description of work and start date
• how much and how often an employee will get paid
• hours of work (and if employees will have to work Sundays, nights or overtime which is usually named as unsociable hours)
• holiday entitlement (and if that includes public holidays)
• where an employee will be working and whether they might have to relocate
• if an employee works in different places, where these will be and what the employer’s address is

Overtime
Employers do not have to pay workers for overtime. However, your average pay for the total hours you work must not fall below the National Minimum Wage.
Your employment contract will usually include details of any overtime pay rates and how they’re worked out. You cannot usually be forced to work more than an average of 48 hours per week. You can agree to work longer - but this agreement must be in writing and signed by you and is usually included in the written statement of particulars or your contract.


Availability of Chefs 2nd October 2018

Head chefs

If paying good money and in a central location such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen and Perth the availability of head chefs is good, basically, the more central and the larger local population the better availability.
What is good money for a head chef? This can vary from a small pub to a large five star or 3AA Rosette Hotel and can be anything from £14 per hour for a one-man job cooking simple food to £45,000 and upwards.
For a standard hotel job we would suggest in the region £35,000+ with overtime paid pro rata over 45 to 48 hours sanctioned by management.
Bonus schemes always help and can be based on getting a gross profit margin of over say 65 to 70% and it is always advisable stressing in advance how often the bonus is paid and what the exact criteria are. Other bonuses may be based on increase in sales. Keeping wages ratio down and helping to achieve certain net profits subject to maintaining quality of food, kitchen cleanliness and staff retention.
In more rural Scotland it is harder to get and retain chefs and often accommodation should be offered to attract suitable candidates.

Sous chefs
The availability of sous chefs in rural Scotland is ok as we move into the end of the season. Sometimes, a mature former head chef will be happy to take a step back to work alongside head chef.
In more central Scotland, there are a few candidates about and if paying decent money (i.e. upwards of £26,000 or £12-13 per hour) and offering good working conditions there is no reason why you cannot keep a good sous chef with a stable track record.
In rural Scotland, there can be a need to think outside of the box to retain and attract good sous chef candidates and many establishments find it easier to take on relief chefs for the season.

Chef de parties
Availability is ok in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the central belt.
In rural Scotland with accommodation there are fewer candidates, but you will get applicants if wages are decent, suggesting £10 to £12 per hour or a salary of between £20,000 - £24,000. The more money you can pay the better the availability of chefs is.
For chef de partie jobs it is a chef market.

Commis chefs
There are usually a few candidates available centrally or further afield if offering accommodation.

Pastry Chefs: this is quite a specialist position and there are often a couple of specialised pastry chefs looking, not always though.
Enclosed link to minimum wages.
www.minimum-wage.co.uk/

Availability of Relief Chefs changes, and we can advise daily. The rates of pay are £13 to £17 per hour according to the position.

Out and about Friday 28th September

We have 75 chefs out working, this is up on last year by 7 chefs, 27 jobs confirmed this week and for the month we have 105 chefs confirmed. These are brilliant statistics!!!

We have been getting excellent feedback from establishments, which we love 😊

We are still meeting relief/permanent chefs here in Moffat, if you want to come and discuss work please get in touch for our availability.

Relief chefs out working

Dale Paton is finishing up at the Mackays Hotel this weekend

Mark Carswell is at The Restoration Yard and has found a permanent job local (thanks for all your hard-work Mark)

Scott Bolton is at The Coul House Hotel getting on very well and is there until mid-November

Ross Hunter is up on the Isle of Skye at Cuillin Hills Hotel as relief chef de partie

Lillian Clarkson is back with Franc at the Links Hotel in Montrose

Callum MacMichael is at the Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso and has been promoted to Sous Chef

David Jones is still working close to home with HF Holidays in Peveril on the Peak

Jason Paxton and David Bedo are both a the Nethy Bridge Hotel

Ignas Narijauskas is in demand and is back helping at Trump International and has then been asked to go back to Ythanview Hotel

We met John Pickering last week and he was back down helping at Calvert Trust in Kielder

Sarah Pozzi is finishing up this weekend at The Milton Inn in Monifieth

Loads more chefs I could mention but better go and get more of you out working.

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Another week at Chefs In Scotland

Another week in the Chefs In Scotland office…

A new and challenging week for myself as I learn all about relief!

With guidance from both Johanna and Jessica, I am learning to do up relief confirmations and will be learning about confirming jobs with chefs and establishments. I am looking forward to my second Saturday in the office this weekend where I will deal with relief more hands on.

I think with every job you take on you are always learning something new every day you are there. Do any of you chefs still learn on the job? If so, what is the newest thing you have learned?

Jade Porteous

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