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  • Trial Shifts. To pay…. ? or not to pay…..? That is the question.

    Posted on Monday, September 6, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    TRIAL SHIFTS To pay…. ?or not to pay…..? That is the question. Trial shifts have long been a hot topic; coveted in the hospitality industry and relied upon to assess suitability of prospective employees, the debate on whether they should be paid or unpaid rages on. After seeing a post in one of our Facebook groups and a lot of uncertainty and disinformation around this topic, we have asked Kaajal ...

  • Who is up to be the next Pizza ambassador?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Last week I read with interest a brief post by Gavin Smith , Managing Director at Pizza Pilgrims, on LinkedIn, on the importance of making hospitality attractive as job and offering decent wages and work conditions. At Pizzaiolo Tribe we have been talking about this for a while, and we are not the only ones. The Caterer magazine pretty much features an article a week about this issue. In reality, ...

  • Communication fails

    Posted on Friday, August 20, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Today I had an interesting conversation with a Pizza Chef. He's looking for a new position because he has trouble with public transport. It is taking him sometimes 2 hours to get home in the evening. This made me think. Do employees and employers really communicate on a meaningful level. Shouldn't this person before even start looking for a job, try to find a compromise with the current employer? ...

  • Is automation the way forward?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    All this talk about salaries, the shortage of pizza chefs and endless posts on Facebook on how even £15/h salaries are not competitive is becoming frankly boring but also frustrating. The reality is a lot of pizza places outside large cities will always struggle to find pizza chefs, no matter what. Yesterday I read on the BBC News app that some places in the Lake District had to shut or work on ...

  • Salari Lordi e netti nel Regno Unito

    Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Molto spesso vedo la domanda “ma il salario e’ lordo o netto?”. Capisco bene perche’ in tanti si facciano questa domanda. Quando lavoravo in Italia non sapevo neanche che ci fosse un cosi’ detto salario lordo. Di solitio quando contrattavo per lavori stagionali chiedevo X salario al mese, e in un modo o nell’altro mi arrivava (busta paga, nero, etc). Poi quando sono arrivato in Inghilterra mi ...

  • Pizza Chefs Salaries Report

    Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    We have analysed 80 live jobs on PizzaioloTribe.com and Indeed and collated this information. Things to consider: When a range was given we used the middle point. For instance if the job ad stated from £11/h to £13/h, we used £12/h The jobs we used were live as at June 15 and no older than 2 weeks For London we included zone 1 to 6 We divided the positions into Head Pizza Chef and Pizza ...

  • Employers need to start running a company not for themselves, but for everyone.

    Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    We have been calling the “shortage of pizza chefs” well before Brexit happened, and in as much as we hate saying “we told you so”, this was plain and clear to everyone that would bother thinking about what would happen once the UK closed its borders. What we didn’t know was the extent of it, both in size and geographically. Brexit was the nail in the coffin, but the pandemic was the instigator. ...

  • Pizzaiolo Survey

    Posted on Monday, May 24, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    We recently surveyed more than 100 pizza chefs, living and working in the UK and as usual (and not surprisingly) salaries are always a hot topic, but with this survey we also wanted to find out what motivates pizza chefs. Of the 136 pizzaioli that responded the majority are Head Pizza Chef (Q1) and works for an independent pizzeria or a very small chain (Q2). The amount of hours worked seems to ...

  • A LinkedIn post that went viral and how to save hospitality

    Posted on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    On Sunday morning, after reading and article on the weekly edition of The Caterer, titled "Where are all the staff?" I felt a sudden urge to tell the world my point of view. I do this from time to time on LinkedIn, our Facebook page and this blog, but normally only a handful o people will read and comment on these posts. This time it was different, my post struck a chord with a lot of people and ...

  • Pizza Place VS Pizza Truck

    Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    This week we found some interesting debate going on online, in this case the topic was: How difficult is it to set up a mobile pizza business and what are the pro and cons compared to a brick & mortar pizza place. Recording our podcast, talking to business owners and generally keeping an eye on the various pizza chef groups, we have learnt that although setting up a mobile pizza business may be ...