Kitchen assistant | Average UK Salary & Outlook

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.  
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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
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
17,772 GBP *
per year
11,500 GBP
16,500 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Kitchen assistant

  • 19,054 GBP
  • 17,107 GBP
Average salary for part-time Kitchen assistant
Average salary for full-time Kitchen assistant

  • 8,274 GBP
  • 8,203 GBP
  • 8,500 GBP
  • 17,772 GBP
  • 17,107 GBP
  • 19,054 GBP
Salary over time for Kitchen assistant

Salary for this role has increased over time
  • 13,535 GBP
  • 13,992 GBP
  • 14,290 GBP
  • 15,449 GBP
  • 15,737 GBP
  • 16,604 GBP
  • 17,772 GBP
  • 16,678 GBP

Future outlook for Kitchen assistants

Balanced outlook
544 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
3% yearly wage growth (on average)
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

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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


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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