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Fish frier Fish and chip shop assistant, takeaway counter assistant

Fish friers work in fish and chip shops and seafood restaurants. They prepare and cook food, and serve customers. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,500 to £19,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 16 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll find it useful to have skills in maths and English.

Previous catering or customer service experience will also be helpful. 

Some employers may ask for a food hygiene certificate, although you can often get this on the job.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Industry bodies Seafish and the National Federation of Fish Friers have more information about working in the seafood industry.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work flexibly
  • teamworking skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll be:  

  • taking stock deliveries from suppliers
  • preparing and cooking food
  • serving customers and making up orders
  • taking payments
  • changing oil in the fryers
  • keeping eating and work areas clean and tidy
  • ordering stock from wholesalers

4. Salary

Starter: £13,500 to £16,000

Experienced: £16,000 to £19,000 (supervisor or manager)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Part-time work is very common, with most shifts covering lunchtimes, evenings and weekends.
You’re more likely to find full-time work during the summer, especially at holiday parks and at coastal resorts.

You’ll work in a shop or restaurant and be provided with a uniform.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could become a shop supervisor or manager.

You could also move into catering management or set up your own business.

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Last updated: 21 March 2017