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Kitchen assistant Average UK Salary & Prospects

Kitchen assistants prepare food, make sure chefs have everything they need and keep the kitchen clean.

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  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, or silverware.  
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage.  
  • Portion and wrap the food, or place it directly on plates for service to patrons.  
  • Take and record temperature of food and food storage areas, such as refrigerators and freezers.  
  • Prepare a variety of foods,
Read more about Kitchen assistant

Kitchen assistants typically work around 40 to 42 hours per week.

As a Kitchen assistant you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely
  • Read more about Kitchen assistant
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    16,604 GBP *
    per month
    11,500 GBP
    16,500 GBP
    Starting
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)
    Average salary for Kitchen assistant

    Men make 5% more than Women
    36% of Kitchen assistants are men
    • 17,074 GBP
    • 16,263 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Kitchen assistant
    Average salary for full-time Kitchen assistant

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    • 7,787 GBP
    • 7,817 GBP
    • 7,699 GBP
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    Pay over time for Kitchen assistant

    Pay for this role has increased slightly over time
    • 13,535 GBP
    • 13,992 GBP
    • 14,290 GBP
    • 15,449 GBP
    • 15,737 GBP
    • 16,604 GBP

    Future outlook for Kitchen assistants

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    Balanced outlook
    544 000+ jobs available
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    Very good outlook
    4% yearly wage growth (on average)
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    Fair outlook
    69% chance of automation in the future

    Kitchen assistant - Your future job?


    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Kitchen assistant and the highest average level of education for people in this role.
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    You may find it helps you to get work if you do a course like:

    • Level 1 Award in Introduction to Employment in the Hospitality Industry
    • Level 1 Certificate in General Cookery
    • Level 2 Award in Food Safety

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Kitchen assistant

    Cookery

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Kitchen assistant.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
    Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people
    Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively

    Things to highlight for your Kitchen assistant interview

    Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Social Orientation Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

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