Catering staff aged 41 to 50 are paid an average £21,821, according to an authoritative survey of more than 100,000 people across Britain. But catering staff who are aged 50 and older are paid lower on average, at £21,184. The hospitality industry pays an average £21,811 a year to 41 to 50-year-olds and 20,446 to those aged 50 and older. Companies could be exposing themselves to claims of discrimination. The Observer 21/3/04 page 9