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Chef

Loungers

About Loungers

Loungers operate two UK chains of all-day bar and restaurants - Lounge and Cosy Club.

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Job description from Loungers

At Cosy Club, you can expect casual days, vibrant evenings, and weekends where we're the life and soul of the party! From brunch and coffee to dinner and drinks, our guests join us for an experience like no other.

As one of our Chefs, you'll get a competitive and fair hourly rate with your fair share of

tips

alongside:

A commitment to prioritise your work life balance- including 2 days off and a weekend off every six weeks Fair rotas with hours spread fairly and changes kept to a minimum Meals on every shift and

paid breaks Mystery Diner bonus

(extra 50p p/h worked that week) Power over your pay with Wagestream Unlimited 50%

off staff discount

across both Cosy Club and Lounge Focus on your development and progression and a clear understanding on how you are able to do this Fabulous incentives to win each month - including spa breaks, trips abroad, food and drink hampers and tickets to festivals An invitation to the most talked-about staff party in hospitality- Loungefest!

Most importantly we will ensure you are made to feel welcome at Cosy Club.

You're more than just a chef. And this absolutely isn't your average chef role. We've created kitchens where fresh food and cooking from scratch takes centre stage - as they always should.

Bring your experience as a Chef and we'll provide the camaraderie, a thrilling environment and the quality ingredients needed to ensure there's never a dull day on the line. We're firm believers that you should feel proud of the produce you're using, the dishes you're plating, and the kitchen team your part of, which is why our Chefs are preppers, platers and high-standard keepers.

Interested?

Apply today and be part of our growing business!

Job insights from Breakroom

Chefs

Chefs prepare and cook food in restaurants, hotels and bars.

What you’ll do as a chef:

  • Plan meals
  • Prepare and cook food
  • Purchase food and look after a budget
  • Be responsible for the hygiene and safety of food served

Is it right for you?

This job may involve:

  • Standing
  • Physical activities
  • Wearing a uniform
  • Cleaning
  • Anti-social hours

Map

Salisbury, College Chambers, New Street 49

A map of the rough location for this vacancy

What employees say

Pay

    Okay
  • Only some people are paid a living wage

    Do Loungers pay chefs enough to live on?

    Some people are not paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    59% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 58 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The current rates are £12.00 per hour, and £13.15 per hour in London.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people are paid below market rates

    Do Loungers pay chefs market rates?

    Most people are paid less than average for their job.

    How we know this

    75% of people are paid below average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Good
  • Everyone is paid the same, whatever their age

    Do chefs at Loungers get paid the same regardless of age?

    Yes, people under the age of 21 get paid the same as those above 21.

    See what Loungers pays different age groups

    How we know this

    The average pay of under 21s is the same as those above 21.

    Based on data from 57 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and June 2024.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get paid breaks

    Do chefs at Loungers get paid breaks?

    Sometimes. Only some people get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    50% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 58 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t get sick pay

    Do Loungers pay chefs sick pay?

    No. Most people don’t get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    98% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 51 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Okay
  • Some people do unpaid extra work

    Do chefs at Loungers do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Sometimes. Some people do unpaid extra work.

    How we know this

    36% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for.

    Based on data from 59 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Hours and flexibility

    Needs improving
  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do chefs get of their shift pattern at Loungers?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working.

    How we know this

    • 88% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
    • 12% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice.
    • 0% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
    • 0% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

    Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • Okay
  • Some people worry about their hours

    Do chefs at Loungers worry about hours?

    Some people worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    50% of people report they worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get a choice of shifts

    Do chefs at Loungers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Some people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    42% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Okay
  • Can be hard to change shifts

    How easy is it for chefs at Loungers to change shifts?

    Some people find it hard to change shifts.

    How we know this

    60% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to.

    Based on data from 47 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for chefs to book a holiday at Loungers?

    Most people find it easy to book holiday.

    How we know this

    78% of people report it’s easy to book holidays.

    Based on data from 49 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Okay
  • Shifts can get changed at short notice

    Do Loungers managers change chefs shifts at short notice?

    Some managers change people’s shifts at short notice.

    How we know this

    66% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 56 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • Okay
  • Some people find it hard to take sick leave

    How easy is it for chefs to take sick leave at Loungers?

    Some people find it hard to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    44% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 50 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and May 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off when you need to.

    A good job should support you when you’re unwell and have systems in place that will allow you to take time off to recover when you need it.

  • Needs improving
  • People work a lot more hours than their contract

    Do chefs work the same number they are contracted for at Loungers?

    Most people work a lot more hours than their contact..

    How we know this

    93% of people report working 8 hours or more than their contract.

    Based on data from 58 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you should expect to work about the same number of hours that your contract guarantees you, most of the time.

    It’s useful to pick up or drop a few shifts here and there, but if you often work a lot more hours every week than you’re contracted for, a good job should guarantee them.

    This means you’re more likely to know when you’ll be working and how much you’ll earn in advance.

  • Good
  • Most students say it’s good

    Is chefs at Loungers job good for students?

    Most students say this is a good place to work if you’re studying.

    How we know this

    82% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should allow you to fit work around important things in your life, like studying.

    Life isn’t just about work. Good jobs make space for you to do well in both.

Workplace

    Good
  • Most people feel treated with respect

    Do chefs at Loungers feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    81% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 54 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get proper breaks

    Do chefs at Loungers get proper breaks?

    Some people don’t get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    40% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 55 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people are stressed

    Is it stressful for chefs to work at Loungers?

    Most people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    81% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 58 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Good
  • Most people enjoy their job

    Do chefs at Loungers enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    78% of people report they enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 45 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

  • Okay
  • Only some people recommend their team

    Do chefs at Loungers recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    54% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 61 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get enough training

    Do chefs get enough training when they start at Loungers?

    Some people did’t get enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    36% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 56 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get support to progress

    Are chefs given support to progress at Loungers?

    Only some people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 37% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role.

    Based on data from 51 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • Needs improving
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

    Do chefs think Loungers head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work.

    How we know this

    78% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work.

    Based on data from 55 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • Okay
  • Only some people feel well informed by head office

    Do chefs feel well informed about how Loungers is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    56% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 52 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Find out more about working at Loungers

What Loungers employees say about their job

  • Best thing

    The people and discount

    Worst thing

    Some of the people
    New boss is giving me bad shifts / no shifts and understaffing us

    5.0

    Loungers Barista, June 2024

  • Best thing

    Paid break
    Meal on shift

    Worst thing

    Not being allowed breaks when working less than 9 hours
    Head chef has no respect for employees

    6.0

    Loungers Sous chef, May 2024

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  • Best thing

    Discount and the people

    Worst thing

    Long hours and the training

    6.0

    Loungers Junior sous chef, April 2024

  • Best thing

    We get on so well

    Worst thing

    One of the supervisors

    5.5

    Loungers Waitress, April 2024

  • Best thing

    Free food on shift

    Worst thing

    Rely heavily on last minute shifts

    5.5

    Loungers Kitchen assistant, January 2024

  • Best thing

    The free food, the BOH/kitchen staff

    Worst thing

    The snarky comments that constantly get made. The constant worry about either getting a late break or no break

    3.6

    Loungers FOH team member, December 2023

  • Best thing

    people are understanding of what you want to get out of the job, whether it’s part time for extra cash or if you want to work you way up towards a supervisor/manager role

    Worst thing

    any job in hospitality will be stressful at times

    5.0

    Loungers Front of house, April 2023

  • Best thing

    Great team, paid breaks with decent meals and drinks on shift

    Worst thing

    Low pay, physically demanding when it’s busy, time not made for staff to take their breaks, hours very variable

    5.5

    Loungers Front of house, January 2023

  • Best thing

    Fast paced so never bored, get to learn new skills and have training opportunities

    Worst thing

    Physically exhausting and hot in kitchen, can go from good to very bad by just having a bad morning getting there

    6.6

    Loungers Chef, August 2022

  • Best thing

    Decent pay, enough guideance for beginners and plenty of safety guidelines, accurate first experience of student work

    Worst thing

    Lack of communication, e.g. arguements in kitchen, some employees made to fill other people's shoes, in general quite stressful

    4.5

    Loungers Employee, December 2021

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