The average hourly pay received by British workers in hospitality fell 5 per cent from £8.04 in June to £7.65 in November, according to new figures from hospitality analytics firm Fourth.

Over the same time period, workers from the rest of world experienced a 2 per cent decrease to £8.68; while EU workers experienced a decrease of 3.3 per cent to £8.22.

Average hourly rates for workers in hospitality have been falling since June last year when they hit £8.55, the first time they have fallen for such a prolonged period since Fourth started tracking the metric in 2015.

The statistics show that pubs and restaurants were primarily driving the wage deflation.

During the period between June and December, the average hourly rates of workers in the pub sector decreased by 3.5 per cent, while the restaurant sector experienced a 4.5 percent decrease.

Last month however, average hospitality wages spiked, increasing by 22p per hour for workers over 25 to £8.38 (compared to £8.16 in December).

"This data shows that wage inflation climaxed in June, due to a perfect cocktail of hot weather and an unexpected World Cup run for England, placing great pressure on the need for additional workers in the hospitality industry. This basic increase in the demand for labour from a limited pool of workers drove up hourly wages," explained Mike Shipley, analytics & insight solutions director at Fourth,

"During the proceeding months, the average hourly wage has been steadily falling and it now aligns with figures reported during March 2018. Since we started tracking the average hourly rate, the actual rate has always been tracking significantly ahead of the incremental legislative changes to the National Living Wage rate.

"For the first time, the current hourly rate is broadly in line with the new rate due to come into force this April, so it will be interesting to see how the actual figure moves between now and then.

"We know volatile labour costs are a big issue for our customers, and many of them are deploying our labour productivity solutions to mitigate this."

The data also revealed that the hourly wages of front of house workers fell from £8.21 in June, to £7.68 in November. Those working in back of house experienced a 4% decrease in hourly wages, falling to £8.53 over the same period.