Kitchen or catering assistant

Workers in this unit group assist in the preparation and service of food and beverages in restaurants, cafés and other eating establishments, and perform various cleaning, fetching and carrying tasks.


  • Keeps service area well stocked.
  • Prepares and serves beverages and light refreshments, accepts payment and gives change.
  • Cleans and tidies service area, kitchen surfaces, crockery, cutlery, glassware, kitchen utensils and disposes of rubbish.
  • Carries meat, vegetables and other foodstuffs from delivery van to storeroom and from storeroom to kitchen.
  • Cleans or prepares food for cooks by hand or machine.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 13% 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 kitchen or catering assistant is £14,040

20,056 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 20,056. 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 kitchen or catering assistant roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £14,040 per year. That is about £1,170 per month or £7.20 per hour. New workers generally start on £13,143, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £21,510

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, 20,056 people are employed in the region.

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