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Waiters & Waitresses

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

Tasks

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

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, though some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically provided on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs in relevant areas are available at Levels 1 and 2.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £16,000 per annum and can progress up to £25,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 33,365 employed Waiters & Waitresses in the region.

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The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

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www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/