Bar staff serve drinks in venues like pubs, clubs, wine bars, hotels and leisure centres.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements, but customer service experience may be helpful.
You'll usually need to be at least 18 to work in a bar, although you could start a relevant apprenticeship at 16.
2. Skills required
- the ability to get on with a wide range of customers
- numeracy skills
- the ability to remember drink orders
3. What you'll do
You could work for a large chain or an independent business. You'll be responsible for creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and talking with customers.
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- using a till to take orders and payments
- handling cash
- serving drinks and snacks
- keeping the bar clean and well stocked
Highly Experienced: £20,000 to £35,000 (bar manager)
You may be paid by the hour at the national minimum wage.
Your salary may depend upon experience, the type of bar or restaurant and its location.
Tips from customers can increase your earnings and some organisations offer subsidised food and other benefits.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
Hours will vary and you're likely to work shifts including evenings, weekends and public holidays. Seasonal work is common.
You may have to work in a noisy, hot or crowded environment. You may be asked to lift heavy items like crates of drinks.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress to supervisor, deputy bar manager and bar manager.
You could also become a publican or bar manager for a hotel chain.
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Last updated: 13 April 2017
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