Gender Pay in Sports and Food…

Gender Pay in Sports and Food…

Top Female Chef Candida Batista says that cooks in the food industry are not being paid the right salary for their skill set.


She said those who dedicate their lives to their “craft” do not receive the pay that they deserve.

More than three-quarters of major UK food manufacturers pay their male employees more than their female staff, a Just Food analysis study can reveal.

Batista cited the price of a tasting menu in a renowned restaurant. According to the Chef, a tasting menu can exceed the cost of a decent wage.

Batista said: “It’s a worrying reality.”

“While we receive a minimum wage, the value of a tasting menu in a quality restaurant is astronomical. Most of us will never have the opportunity to experience what we’ve worked hard to create.”

She added: “My cooking is always creative, but I don’t do crazy combinations. On the contrary, it is very important to me to preserve the natural taste and beauty of my ingredients.”

The figures, which are based on reporting from all companies in the UK with a headcount of 250 employees or more, show only 45 of the 214 companies that have reported their pay figures had a higher women’s median hourly pay than men.

Across the sector, men’s median hourly pay was 7% higher than that of women. This puts the UK food manufacturing industry below the national average of 11.6%.

She added; “Currently, there is a growing demand for dignified treatment and working conditions that allow a satisfying personal life.”

The government expects this year’s National Living Wage (NLW) to be around 70 percent higher than the first National Minimum Wage introduced 25 years ago – the highest ever in real terms. Much of this increase took place following the NLW’s introduction in 2016 (initially as a higher rate for those aged 25 and over). The 2024 NLW is set to be around 30 percent higher than the adult minimum wage in 2015.

In 2023, the Daily Star recorded Chef Gordon Ramsay’s net worth…

As of 2023, Ramsay’s net worth is estimated at an astounding £610 million, with his annual take-home earnings reaching a remarkable £90 million. From his beginnings in the culinary world, Ramsay has since risen to become one of the leading celebrity chefs in the world.

Nigella Lawson’s net worth, is, according to reports, £15 million.

According to Statista, the average pay of an Executive Chef is 60K.

In sport, women sports receive lower pay than their male counterparts. Some statistics below – again from Statista…

Highlights: Gender Pay Gap In Sports Statistics…

  • The average gender pay gap in sports is around 13%, with men earning more on average than women.
  • In 2019, the total prize money for FIFA Women’s World Cup was $30 million, while the 2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup prize money was $400 million.
  • The highest-paid female athlete, Naomi Osaka, made $37.4 million in 2020, whereas the highest-paid male athlete, Roger Federer, made $106.3 million.
  • The average WNBA player earns a base salary of around $75,000, while the average NBA player earns $7.7 million.
  • In 2019, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team received $4 million for winning the World Cup, while the men’s team received $38 million in 2018.
  • The gender pay gap in professional golf is 83%.
  • In tennis, the combined earnings of the top 10 women is 76% of the combined earnings of the top 10 men.
  • Women receive about 17% of the total sponsorships available in North American professional sports.
  • The highest-paid female NFL coach makes less than the lowest-paid male NFL coach.
  • In 2018, only 2% of sports coverage in the UK was dedicated to female athletes.
  • Women’s sport-related giving in 2019 accounted for only 1.6% of all sport-related philanthropy.
  • The England and Wales Cricket Board found that women earn 35% less than men in cricket.
  • In 2020, more than 60% of ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentaries featured female athletes.
  • The gender pay gap among British Olympians is 23.2%.
  • In 2019, 83.7% of women in sports received no workplace training or development, compared with 64.6% of men.
  • Female professional cyclists earn around 15% of what their male counterparts earn.
  • In 2019, professional male rugby players in England earned up to three times more than their female counterparts.

A search on Google shows the disparity in what a female snooker player earns by winning the World Women’s Championship to what the prize is for winning the Main Tour World Snooker Championship.

“While women can and do enter and compete in the World Snooker Championship, there is also a dedicated women’s World Championship – The disparity in prize money might be described as a Gulf with £8,000 for the women’s world champion against £500,00 for the Snooker World Champion.

Women’s Sports coverage, although has improved, there is still a major disparity between the best in the business between men and women competing.

There was controversy recently about the snooker World Mixed Doubles, which saw the 12-times World Champion Reanne Evans scoop her first TV title with Luca Brecel when they scooped the World Mixed Doubles.

The fact that the Women’s Game has not yet had TV coverage of a FULL ranking event in full, is something that the powers at be need to work on to get the game more in the spotlight.

The World Mixed Doubles did not have enough players from the women’s game to showcase.

BBC and ITV  Coverage of Women’s Sports such as Football and part Women’s Snooker and Rugby could provide an incentive for more sponsorship as well as better prizes for the women sports athletes.

In Boxing, Medal winners at the 2023 IBA World Women’s Boxing Championships were awarded prize money; gold medallists earned $100,000, silver medallists $50,000, and bronze medallists $25,000. The overall prize fund was $2.4 million!

And finally, a google search on Women’s Golf found…

According to the recent LPGA money list, the median income for female golfers is around $150,000, with the top players earning a median of a little over $1 million. Salaries also vary with the number of tournaments available and the country it is being held in.




Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!