Cooks

£18,720

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

38

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

4.08%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Cooks prepare, season and cook food, often using pre-prepared ingredients, in clubs, private households, fast food outlets, shops selling food cooked on the premises and the catering departments and canteens of other establishments.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic requirements. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in Food Preparation and Cooking are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are also available.

Typical tasks

  • requisitions or purchases foodstuffs and checks quality;
  • plans meals, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs;
  • cooks and sells a range of meals, such as fish and chips, over the counter;
  • plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.

Common job titles

Cook
Hand, grill
Griddler (catering)
Cook, pastry
Cook in charge
Pastrycook
Cook-companion
Cook-steward
Cook, chief
Cook-general
Cook-manager
Fryer (catering)
Cook, head
Cook-cleaner
Controller, meals, school
Cook-supervisor
Fryer, fish

Education background

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