£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£18,720 Average Salary
39 Average hours per week


Workers in this unit group 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.

Main Tasks

  • Cleans or prepares food for cooks by hand or machine;
  • Carries meat, vegetables and other foodstuffs from delivery van to storeroom and from storeroom to kitchen;
  • Cleans and tidies service area, kitchen surfaces, crockery, cutlery, glassware, kitchen utensils and disposes of rubbish;
  • Prepares and serves beverages and light refreshments, accepts payment and gives change;
  • Keeps service area well stocked.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically received on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in relevant areas are available at Levels 1 and 2.

What Kitchen and catering assistants studied in higher education

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What Kitchen and catering assistants studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy1
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies5
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology2
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology5
(W1) Fine art4
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music3
(D3) Animal science1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences2
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(W6) Cinematics & photography4
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies5
(L2) Politics2
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama4
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic2
(J9) Others in technology1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(V5) Philosophy1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics1
(N1) Business studies3
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(L5) Social work1
(X1) Training teachers1
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science5
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies3
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period4
(Q8) Classical studies1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science2
(W5) Dance1

UK Prospects

492400 Workforce Size
0.25% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
58570 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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