How much do chefs in Edinburgh get paid?

Chefs in Edinburgh earn

£9.80-13.94 per hour

Based on 50 employee reviews

Chef salaries can range between £9.80-13.94 per hour in the Edinburgh area. This data is based on quiz results from 50 employees who live in and around Edinburgh.

What do top employers pay chefs?

Recent chef Jobs in Edinburgh

  1. Care Home Chef at Blue Arrow posted 5 days ago
  2. Chef at GXO Logistics posted 7 days ago
  3. Chef at Greene King posted 8 days ago
  4. Chef De Partie, Malmaison at Malmaison Hotels posted 4 days ago
  5. Sous Chef at Tattu posted 10 days ago
  6. Agency Chefs at Off To Work posted 10 hours ago
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How are people paid?

84%
by the hour
16%
an annual salary

Based on 50 employees

What contracts are people on?

19% report having zero hours contracts.
5% report having low hours contracts. (less than 16 hours)
33% report having part time contracts. (16-35 hours)
43% report having full time contracts. (more than 35 hours)

Based on 42 employees

What do chefs do?

Chefs have the job of preparing, cooking and plating up food for customers.

Chefs work in kitchens that can be found in:

  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Bars
  • Hotels
  • Hospitals
  • Schools/ colleges
  • Ships
  • The military
  • Private catering events

There are a few types of chef jobs. These are:

  • Apprentice/ trainee chef. This can also be called a commis chef.
  • Section chef. This can also be called a chef de partie.
  • Sous chef. This is the second-in-command chef.
  • Head chef. This can also be called an executive chef or a chef du cuisine.

Each of these types of chef jobs have different tasks. You can read up on what different chef jobs are here.

In general, a chef job may involve:

  • Planning menus
  • Ordering and quality controlling ingredients and kitchen equipment
  • Managing budgets
  • Prepping meat and fish for cooking
  • Cleaning and prepping other ingredients for cooking
  • Cooking food under time pressure
  • Plating up and presenting food
  • Maintaining hygiene, health and safety and licensing laws
  • Working as part of a kitchen team

Chef work is physical. You may spend a lot of time on your feet.

You may have to work early mornings, late nights, weekends and bank holidays.

If you want to apply for a chef job, you might need the following:

  • Kitchen experience and training
  • The right to work in the UK

Qualifications aren’t essential, but can help. These can include a degree, a college diploma or an apprenticeship.

You can be promoted to a junior chef job from a kitchen assistant job.

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