Jobs up, wages down in hotel sector; men paid more

Although the number of people employed in the hotel and hospitality industry on New Providence increased substantially in 2018, the average wages for people employed in that sector saw a marginal decrease.

The number of workers in the accommodation and food services activities industry increased by 18.6 percent – which represents 2,177 workers – according to the Occupations and Wages in the Hospitality Sector report released this week by the Department of Statistics.

Broken down by category, the service and sales workers group accounted for 43.5 percent of all workers in 2018, which represents 6,030 employees. It’s an increase of 1,100 employees or 22.3 percent over 2017.

The elementary occupational group – which is made up of 3,510 people – grew by 35.7 percent in 2018, which represents 923 employees.

“In contrast, average weekly wages of workers in the hospitality sector decreased by 1.9 percent from 2017 to 2018. The average weekly wage decreased for both males (1.6 percent) and females (2.1 percent),” the report notes.

“Professionals, science and engineering professionals earned the highest weekly wage of $1,003. This was followed closely by managers who earned an average of $947. However, the lowest average weekly wage of $264 was earned in the elementary occupational group.”

On average, male employees earned more than their female counterparts in the same occupational group.

While the average wage per week for male managers was $988, it was $909 per week for female managers, according to the report.

Males employed in the professionals, science and engineering professionals group were paid $1,010 per week, while females in the same occupational group were paid $995 per week.

The disparity was the same in the elementary occupations group, where males were paid on average $278 per week and women in the same group were paid $251 per week.

Last month, Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest said there was no doubt there is some bias in the labor market and admitted that women have been historically underpaid for the work they do in comparison to their male counterparts.

He added that it’s impractical for a government to implement gender wage policies.

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Paige McCartney

Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas. Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016. Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News

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