Accommodation and Food Services employs 7% of Australia’s workforce or 842,100 people including 300,000 in regional areas.
Almost nine of every ten jobs are in the Food and Beverage Services subsector, with the balance being in Accommodation.
One in four workers is a Waiter or Kitchen hand.
Employment rose strongly over the five years to November 2015 (up by 8.5% or 64,500).
Above average growth is expected over the next five years (up by 12.0% or 98,800, compared with the all industries rate of 8.3%).
This industry provides good entry-level job opportunities to the labour market. More than half the workers do not have a post school qualification and 58% are employed part-time, the highest proportion of any industry.
This makes it an attractive option for youth (15 to 24 years) who want to combine work and study and gain important workplace skills.
Young workers comprise 44% of employment in Accommodation and Food Services, the highest of any industry.
Around 54% of workers in this industry are female.