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Waiter Average UK Salary & Prospects

Waiters serve food and drinks to customers in restaurants and cafes, take orders and handle payments.

  • Check books in and out of the library.  
  • Teach library patrons basic computer skills, such as searching computerized databases.  
  • Review and evaluate materials, using book reviews, catalogs, faculty recommendations, and current holdings to select and order print, audio-visual, and electronic resources.  
  • Search standard reference materials, including online
Read more about Waiter

Waiters typically work around 39 to 41 hours per week.

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

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching
  • Read more about Waiter
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    16,286 GBP *
    per month
    12,000 GBP
    27,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Waiter
    • 15,383 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Waiter
    Average salary for full-time Waiter

    • 6,832 GBP
    • 6,873 GBP
    • 6,714 GBP
    • 16,286 GBP
    • 15,383 GBP
    Pay over time for Waiter

    Pay for this role has increased slightly over time
    • 12,760 GBP
    • 13,867 GBP
    • 14,267 GBP
    • 14,409 GBP
    • 14,965 GBP
    • 16,286 GBP

    Future outlook for Waiters

    Balanced outlook
    144 000+ jobs available
    Very good outlook
    5% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Fair outlook
    73% chance of automation in the future

    Waiter - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Waiter and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 70% of people in this role have a Master's degree
    • 8% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 6% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

    You could prepare for this job by doing a college course to get some of the skills you'll need. Courses include:

    • Level 1 Award in Introduction to Employment in the Hospitality Industry
    • Level 1 Certificate in Food and Beverage Service

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Waiter

    Functional Skills

    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 Waiter.
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
    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
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Waiter. Check that you know:
    Data base user interface and query software Microsoft Access
    Information retrieval or search software Classification Web; LexisNexis; Westlaw
    Library software Ex Libris Group Voyager; MC2 Systems Auto Librarian; Online Computer Library Center OCLC; WorldCat
    Web page creation and editing software Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player; Really Simple Syndication RSS; Social networking software; Wiki software
    Web platform development software Cascading Style Sheets CSS
    Improve your skills today

    Functional Skills

    Things to highlight for your Waiter interview

    Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

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