Kitchen and Catering Assistants

Kitchen and catering assistants 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.


New workers

New workers start around £2,650. Normal pay is £10,097 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £22,414.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 553,490 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?

  • 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.

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.

  • Restaurant Operation

  • Food Safety And Sanitation

  • Food Preparation

  • Cooking

  • Effective Communication

  • Cash Handling

  • Food Services

  • Workplace Safety

  • Fire Safety

  • Event Catering

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.

  • Customer Service

  • Cleanliness

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Energetic

  • Enthusiasm

  • Sales

  • Verbal Communication Skills

  • Teamwork

  • Willingness To Learn

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.