Waiter or Waitress

Waiters and waitresses serve food and beverages in hotels, clubs, restaurants and other establishments.


  • Presents bill and accepts payment at end of the meal.
  • Serves food and drinks.
  • Takes down orders for food and/or drinks and passes order to kitchen and/or bar.
  • Presents menus and wine lists to patrons and may describe dishes and advise on selection of food or wines.
  • Sets tables with clean linen, cutlery, crockery and glassware.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 5% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* This is not likely to lead to a great demand for new workers due to retirement

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for waiter or waitress is £17,056

12,501 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 12,501. 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 waiter or waitress roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £17,056 per year. That is about £1,421 per month or £8.75 per hour. New workers generally start on £11,312, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £20,882

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, 12,501 people are employed in the region.

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