Cook

Cooks prepare, season and cook food, often using pre-prepared ingredients, in clubs, private households, fast food outlets, shops selling food cooked on the premises and the catering departments and canteens of other establishments.

Tasks

  • Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.
  • Cooks and sells a range of meals, such as fish and chips, over the counter.
  • Plans meals, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs.
  • Requisitions or purchases foodstuffs and checks quality.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 24% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£16,702

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for cook is £16,702

2,915 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,915. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for cook roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £16,702 per year. That is about £1,392 per month or £8.57 per hour. New workers generally start on £14,539, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £22,006

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 2,915 people are employed in the region.

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