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(November 2022)


The estimated number of workers in Great Britain suffering a work-related illness is 1.8 million (was 1.7m) with stress, depression, and anxiety making up around half of cases.

There were an estimated 914,000 cases of work-related stress, depression, or anxiety in 2021/22 (was 822k).

An estimated 17 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression, or anxiety. This is over half of all working days lost due to work-related ill health.

(October 2022)


The research, conducted by BRITA Professional in partnership with The Burnt Chef Project, found that strong support systems are intrinsic to quality work, with over half (51%) of employees recognising that they are more efficient, productive and energetic when working with their best friend. A further 46% stated that their customer service also improves. 


Friendships are also key to good mental health, as nearly two-thirds (62%) of UK hospitality professionals say working with their best friend helps to minimise stress, while one in two (50%) acknowledge the anxiety-reducing benefits.


(JULY 2021)

The Burnt Chef Project rolled out a hospitality survey to explore issues around staffing within the hospitality sector looking to ascertain why people had left the industry over the last 12 months.


The vast majority of the 2,311 UK based respondents (84%) are still working within the industry: 45% of them were chefs and 1 in 3 of those who had left the industry were considering returning in the next 12 months. 

Work-life balance is the most frequently mentioned barrier to working in the sector and most commonly cited reason for leaving. Sadly, hospitality doesn’t currently come highly recommended with one in five planning on leaving in the next 12 months and around a third (37%) is on the fence.

For more info please take a look at the survey.

mental health survey

(May 2020)

We've undertaken a study to find out more about how The Burnt Chef Project can help the industry in it's fight against mental health stigma.

There are a lot of figures floating around regarding the state of mental health within the hospitality trade so we decided to take detailed look ourselves and undertake the largest survey on this subject in recent years.

The results are startling and actually show us that 4 out of 5 of our 1273 respondents had experienced 1 or more periods of ill mental health as a result of their role within hospitality.


With 2 in 3 of those who said they have experienced mental health issues three times or more in their career.

For more info please take a look at the survey.


(June 2020)

We've completed a survey to give a brief insight into the general feeling of those who are due to return to work post COVID-19 lockdown. 

It was identified that furloughed employees would have benefited from increased levels of contact from their employers and a greater degree of clarity regarding the next steps of the business.

We hope that you find this useful.

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