Publicans and managers of licensed premises


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Publicans and managers of licensed premises organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources of public houses (non-residential and residential) and bar and catering facilities at non-residential clubs.


No formal academic qualifications are required. Relevant experience is advantageous and candidates must be over 18 years of age and complete the personal licence holders’ qualification. Larger chains offer accelerated promotion for holders of degrees or equivalent qualifications. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs relevant to licensed premises management are available at Levels 2 to 4.

Typical tasks

  • arranges purchase of alcoholic and other beverages, bar snacks, cigarettes and other items and ensures that stocks are stored in proper conditions;
  • supervises bar, kitchen and cleaning staff and, if necessary, assists with the serving of drinks;
  • observes licensing laws and other statutory regulations and regulates behaviour of customers as necessary;
  • maintains financial records for the establishment; determines financial, staffing, material and other short- and long-term needs.

Common job titles

Manager, shift (public house)
Manager (wine bar)
Landlord (public house)
Manager, house, public
Owner, club
Victualler, licensed
Owner, house, public
Manager, pub
Tenant, house, public
Keeper, inn
Owner (club)
Manager, licensee
Manager (public house)
Manager, retail (public house)
Manager, area (brewery)
Landlord, house, public
Owner (public house)
Owner, bar, wine
Landlady (public house)
Manager, bar, wine
Licensee, house, public
Manager, house, licensed
Owner (wine bar)

Education background

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