Catering and bar managers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Catering and bar managers plan, direct and co-ordinate the catering and bar facilities and services of licensed premises, factories, shops, theatres, educational premises and other establishments. They also manage outside catering businesses and shops selling food cooked on the premises.


Entry is possible with a variety of academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. Larger catering and licensed premises chains offer managerial trainee schemes. Candidates for these usually require a BTEC/SQA award, a degree or equivalent qualification, or a professional qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in relevant areas are available at Levels 2 to 4.

Typical tasks

  • plans catering or bar services and supervises staff;
  • decides on range and quality of meals and beverages to be provided or discusses customer’s requirements for special occasions;
  • purchases or directs the purchasing of supplies and arranges for preparation of accounts;
  • verifies that quality of food, beverages and waiting service are as required and that kitchen and dining areas are kept clean in compliance with statutory requirements;
  • checks that supplies are properly used and accounted for to prevent wastage and loss and to keep within budget limit.

Common job titles

Contractor, catering
Franchisee, catering
Manager, conference and banqueting
Manager, running, shift (fast food outlet)
Officer, catering
Manager, unit
Manager, floor (restaurant)
Steward (club)
Keeper, stall, coffee
Manager, food and beverage
Manager, room, dining
Superintendent (catering)
Adviser, catering
Steward (working men's institute)
Manager, kitchen
Steward, club
Manager, canteen
Steward (community centre)
Consultant, catering
Controller, catering
Superintendent, kitchen (hospital service)
Steward, chief (club)
Caterer, airline
Manager, catering
Manager, bar

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.