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As working parents, many of us are on the hunt for flexible jobs that fit around family life.
Whether you’re looking to work a few part time shifts or build a career with good prospects, the catering industry can be a great source of family-friendly, interesting jobs.
The general culture of eating out in the UK means that there are always waitress jobs in the catering industry. For a working mum, waitressing can be an appealing option.
Many parents work a regular lunchtime shift while the children are at school or childcare.
Alternatively, you might seek evening or weekend waitressing opportunities, if your partner or childcare provider can look after your child’s evening or weekend meal and bedtime routine.
Waitressing can vary widely in salary, so explore the options carefully. Make sure you enquire about how tipping works and what this means for your total pay.
According to the National Careers Service, a chef can earn anything between £13,000 and £50,000 year, depending on your level of experience.
If you love food and cooking and thrive under pressure, this can be a very rewarding career.
You’ll need professional qualifications to work as a chef, either through a foundation degree or college course.
You’ll usually work at lunchtimes, evenings and weekends, but often shift work is available so that you’re able to balance home and family life.
Chef jobs can vary widely – from mass catering in pubs or schools to limited menus in cafes and coffee shops.
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Once you have some experience in the catering industry, you can consider catering manager jobs.
A catering manager runs the food service within a restaurant, bar, school, college, workplace or food supplier.
This involves making sure there are enough staff and stock, and that customers are happy with their meals.
Shift opportunities can be available with these roles, and in many locations a catering manager will only oversee lunchtime food service – so it can be a good option for parents.
There are of course other jobs in restaurants and catering, from kitchen staff roles and inventory management to marketing and admin roles.
Most online recruitment sites will list jobs in catering. Search in your local area for those that suit your needs.
Typical searches are ‘part time catering jobs’ and ‘catering jobs’.
You can also visit the websites of restaurants or cafes in your local area to check their catering vacancies.
Often you can register your interest by submitting your CV for future roles that way too.
You could also find short term restaurant jobs by registering with a temp agency in your area.
The best approach is to start searching. You’ll soon find that there are lots of flexible careers in catering and hospitality to pursue.