£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£24,440 Average Salary
37 Average hours per week


Catering and bar managers plan, direct and co-ordinate the catering and bar facilities and services of licensed premises, factories, shops, theatres, educational premises and other establishments. They also manage outside catering businesses and shops selling food cooked on the premises.

Main Tasks

  • Plans catering or bar services and supervises staff;
  • Decides on range and quality of meals and beverages to be provided or discusses customer’s requirements for special occasions;
  • Purchases or directs the purchasing of supplies and arranges for preparation of accounts;
  • Verifies that quality of food, beverages and waiting service are as required and that kitchen and dining areas are kept clean in compliance with statutory requirements;
  • Checks that supplies are properly used and accounted for to prevent wastage and loss and to keep within budget limit.


Entry is possible with a variety of academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. Larger catering and licensed premises chains offer managerial trainee schemes. Candidates for these usually require a BTEC/SQA award, a degree or equivalent qualification, or a professional qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in relevant areas are available at Levels 2 to 4.

What Catering and bar managers studied in higher education

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What Catering and bar managers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies4
(L3) Sociology3
(C1) Biology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology5
(W1) Fine art3
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music3
(D3) Animal science1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences2
(D4) Agriculture1
(W6) Cinematics & photography3
(Q3) English studies4
(L2) Politics2
(K1) Architecture1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama4
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic2
(J9) Others in technology1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport9
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(V5) Philosophy1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics1
(B4) Nutrition1
(N1) Business studies5
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science5
(C3) Zoology2
(P3) Media studies2
(N2) Management studies3
(V1) History by period3
(N3) Finance1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

69600 Workforce Size
4.77% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
6809 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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