Cooks prepare, season and cook food, often using pre-prepared ingredients, in clubs, private households, fast food outlets, shops selling food cooked on the premises and the catering departments and canteens of other establishments.


New workers

New workers start around £6,533. Normal pay is £13,770 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £28,538.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 83,648 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.

  • Cooks and sells a range of meals, such as fish and chips, over the counter.

  • Plans meals, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs.

  • Requisitions or purchases foodstuffs and checks quality.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Cooking

  • Food Safety And Sanitation

  • Food Preparation

  • Restaurant Operation

  • Stock Control

  • Hazard Analysis And Critical Control Points (HACCP)

  • Control Of Substances Hazardous To Health (COSHH)

  • Menu Planning

  • Food Services

  • Stock Rotation

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Cleanliness

  • Customer Service

  • Planning

  • Detail Oriented

  • Management

  • Enthusiasm

  • Teamwork

  • Operations

  • Organizational Skills

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.