Publican or Manager of Licensed Premises

Publicans and managers of licensed premises organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources of public houses (non-residential and residential) and bar and catering facilities at non-residential clubs.


  • Maintains financial records for the establishment; determines financial, staffing, material and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Observes licensing laws and other statutory regulations and regulates behaviour of customers as necessary.
  • Supervises bar, kitchen and cleaning staff and, if necessary, assists with the serving of drinks.
  • Arranges purchase of alcoholic and other beverages, bar snacks, cigarettes and other items and ensures that stocks are stored in proper conditions.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 19% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for publican or manager of licensed premises is £24,981

2,359 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,359. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for publican or manager of licensed premises roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £24,981 per year. That is about £2,082 per month or £12.81 per hour. New workers generally start on £16,927, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £54,026

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 2,359 people are employed in the region.

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