FAQ for Food Service Management
Q: I’ve heard that the pay isn’t very good in this industry… is that true?
A: Among less senior positions, salaries are comparable to many other industries (e.g. retail) but once you begin to progress up the ladder, the sky is the limit in terms of how much you could earn. Those working in senior management roles or as head chefs, for example, can earn upwards of £45k. per year.
Q: But could I really consider a job in this industry as a career?
A: It’s true that some people don’t stay in this industry long. For example, a large number of students work as waiting staff while they’re studying, but only stay in the job for a short time. However, this only makes employers more eager to find people that will stay in the industry for a prolonged period! So, with the right attitude and a bit of hard work, people committed to the industry can progress up the career ladder very quickly.
Q: What skills will set me apart from other candidates looking for work in this industry?
A: There are three main things employers struggle to find, both in their own workforce and in people applying for jobs - management and leadership skills, customer service skills and chef skills. If you have a good grounding in any of these areas, the chances are that you’ll do very well in the industry.
Q: Don’t you have to work unsociable hours though?
A: Food service management companies often work for a number of different clients, so working hours will vary depending on the client you are based with. Business or education contracts are usually based in an office building or school, so you could expect to work fairly traditional hours, while catering contracts for sports stadiums or entertainment venues may require you to work evenings and weekends. There are also a number of office-based roles (such as more strategic, managerial positions) which work on a more conventional 9-5 basis.