Waiter or Waitress

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A waiter or waitress works in a bar, restaurant, hotel or for a catering company taking customers’ orders, carrying the meal from the kitchen to the table. They may work in a specialised area such as silver service or wine service.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £4.81 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over.

With experience and depending on the type of establishment, you could earn up to £8.50 an hour or more. Tips can boost your earnings.


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Getting In

Jobs are in restaurants, hotels, works canteens, hospitals, nursing homes and catering companies. Because turnover is high there are usually a lot of vacancies in jobcentres both for experienced and inexperienced waiters or waitresses.

What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need to be:


Getting On


Courtesy of Springboard


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Tel: 020 7921 0420
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Twitter: @Springboard_UK

Springboard UK promotes career opportunities in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries.

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