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Server

Server serving meals to diners in a restaurant

A server 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:

Pay

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 2024 the National Minimum Wage is £6.40 an hour for workers under 18, £8.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20. The National Living Wage for those aged 21 and over is £11.44 an hour.

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.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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 job centres both for experienced and inexperienced servers.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
33173
3.5 %
RISE
2029
34319
  United Kingdom
2024
393478
4.7 %
RISE
2029
411945

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

Video

Courtesy of Springboard

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Springboard
Tel: 020 7921 0420
E-mail: info@springboarduk.org.uk
Website: http://www.careerscope.uk.net
Website (2): http://springboard.uk.net/
Twitter: @Springboard_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringboardUKCharity/

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

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