The Accommodation & Food Services Industry offers good opportunities for entry into the labour market.
Young workers (15 to 24 years) comprise 45% of employment in the sector which makes it an attractive option for youth who want to combine work and study and gain important workplace skills.
Post-school qualifications are not usually required, although 25% of workers have a certificate III or higher vocational qualification.
The industry also provides training opportunities, with 28,000 apprentices and trainees employed in 2016.
60% of people are employed part-time, the highest proportion of any industry.
Competition for vacancies can be strong and employers usually seek workers who have relevant prior experience.
Around 54% of workers in this industry are female with 21% aged over 45 years.
Food and Beverage Services subsector contributed more than 80% of the new jobs over in 5 years to November 2016.
29% of workers are Community and Personal Services Workers (Waiters, Bar Attendants & baristas) while 22% are Labourers (Kitchenhands, fast food cooks and housekeepers).
The sector employs 851,800 or 7% of the Australian workforce or 842,100 people.
Top 5 Occupations
- Waiters 117,300
- Kitchenhands 93,700
- Bar Attendants and Baristas 84,700
- General Sales Assistants 82,900
- Chefs 77,900
* Statistics - Australian Jobs 2017, Page 14