Restaurant group provides incentive for chef job referrals

Buzzworks has introduced a bonus pot in order to help deal with a significant recruitment drought which both staff and customers can benefit from

To attract the next generation of all-star chefs into the kitchen and tackle a recruitment drought with almost 50 chef vacancies, independent restaurant and bar operators, Buzzworks has released a bonus pot of £20,000 which both staff and customers can claim a share of.

If a chef mentions it was a friend or family referral that urged them to apply – a monetary bonus could be on its way. As long as an offer of employment is made and they work within the business for at least three months, then the referrer will receive a generous cash sum courtesy of Buzzworks.

Bonuses range from £200 for a Commis Chef to £750 for referring a successful Head Chef candidate. For those joining the team at Scotts South Queensferry or Buzzworks newest venue, The Bridge Inn Linlithgow, the reward is doubled up to £1500.

Trevor Garden, Buzzworks Chef Director, said: “We are challenging the stereotypical negative perception of hospitality careers. We proudly offer benefits to all of our people focused on work-life balance including flexible working, four day weeks and paid overtime.

“As an ambitious business, we’re always striving to develop our menus and cooking techniques providing world-class equipment, fresh produce and offering bespoke training and development. We also have new venues on the horizon but desperately need to match new recruits to our current vacancies across Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and West Lothian in order for us all to thrive.

“As a people business which values every voice, we are looking to our own people but also our communities to refer motivated and talented individuals – and we’ve released an impressive bonus pot to reward and thank successful referrals.

“Whether you know a college graduate keen for their first step on the ladder, an established chef looking to thrive in a new environment or a novice in the kitchen seeking a complete career change – we’d love to hear from them.”

Candidates simply have to specify the friend or family member when applying and if they complete their three-month probationary period, Buzzworks will be in touch with the referrer to arrange their cash bonus.

Buzzworks, which has been named in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for consecutively for five years, offers employees flexible working, with four day weeks available and paid overtime, it also provides an equal share of tips, a 40 per cent discount on all venue food menus, and excellent training and development programmes.

Interested chefs should check out or contact WhatsApp Viv on 07514 496 387 to find out more.

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