Hospitality & Catering

There’s something special about going out for a meal or attending a party. Eating out and socialising is one of our favourite pastimes, and if you want to help make these occasions entertaining, enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons, then a career in hospitality and catering could be just for you. And by 2020, there’s likely to be over 5,000 new jobs to fill!

You might begin as a waiter, waitress or bar staff, being the friendly face that keeps everything flowing smoothly, or you could be working as an assistant cook in the kitchen preparing delicious food. Whether you’re front of house or behind the scenes, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to work your way towards becoming head chef, restaurant manager, or event director.

Top Career Opportunities

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Restaurant manager

Average salary: £22k

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Baker / flour confectioner

Average salary: £17k

A chef preparing a freshly made plate of food


Average salary: £17k

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Conference / exhibition manager

Average salary: £24k

Top Job (By Salary) Number of Jobs in 2016 Number of Job in 2020 Average Salary
Functional managers and directors 9,715 9,843 £38,750
Hotel and accommodation managers 5,267 5,328 £24,731
Conference and exhibition managers 4,898 4,954 £23,733
Restaurant and catering establishment managers 11,332 11,577 £21,050
Catering and bar managers 8,392 8,533 £18,200
Bakers and flour confectioners 3,854 3,778 £17,534
Chefs 32,288 33,245 £16,640
Cooks 10,917 11,299 £15,787
Bar staff 44,370 46,001 £14,976
Kitchen and catering assistants 62,266 63,839 £14,976
Waiters and waitresses 38,483 39,787 £14,040

Jobs Figures, 2016 - 20

There are predicted to be 5,376 more jobs with an average of 914 annual openings.

Average Salaries

The current average wage for hospitality and catering related occupations is £20,038 per year.

Hospitality & Catering

Maybe you’re already a whizz in the kitchen, and the thought of exploring fine dining and gourmet food has your mouth watering?

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