Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors


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)


Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors plan, direct and co-ordinate the catering services of restaurants, hotels and large-scale catering services within other organisations.


Entry is possible with a variety of academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. Larger restaurants and catering chains offer managerial trainee schemes, entry to which may be based on a variety of qualifications and/or relevant experience. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. Various vocational qualifications are available at Levels 2 to 4.

Typical tasks

  • plans catering services and directs staff;
  • decides on range and quality of meals and beverages to be provided;
  • 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 is as required, that kitchen and dining areas are kept clean and appropriate hygiene standards are maintained in compliance with statutory requirements;
  • plans and arranges food preparation in collaboration with other staff and organises the provision of waiting or counter staff;
  • checks that supplies are properly used and accounted for to prevent wastage and loss and to keep within budget limit;
  • determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term requirements;

Common job titles

Manager (NAAFI: canteen)
Manager, store (coffee shop)
Owner, shop, coffee
Shopkeeper, fish, fried
Manager, services, catering
Manager, store (sandwich shop)
Owner (fish and chip shop)
Manager, shift (restaurant)
Manager, shop (take-away food shop)
Owner (café)
Manager, shift (fast food outlet)
Owner, room, tea
Retailer (take-away food shop)
Manager (tea room)
Owner (fast food outlet)
Manager, club, refreshment
Owner, shop, chip
Owner, restaurant
Shopkeeper (take-away food shop)
Manager, operations (catering)
Manager, restaurant
Shopkeeper, fish and chip
Manager, services, food
Manager, bar, snack
Manager (restaurant)
Manager, store (restaurant)
Manager, service, food
Manager (café)
Manager, bar, sandwich
Manager, café
Owner (take-away food shop)
Owner (restaurant)
Manager, store (café)
Manager (catering)
Owner (sandwich bar)
Manager, district (catering)
Manager, shift (take-away food shop)
Manager, club
Manager, shop, fish and chip
Dealer, fish and chip
Owner, café
Manager, buffet
Manager, shift (catering)

Education background

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