Waiter or waitress
- 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, 4% 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
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 12,255. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
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 £12,584, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £21,070
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, 12,255 people are employed in the region.