Accommodation and Food Services

This image shows that there were 842,100 people employed in the Accommodation and Food Services industry at November 2015, up 1.8% since 2014 and up 8.5% since 2010. 36% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Accommodation and Food Services industry is projected to grow by 12.0% over the next 5 years.
842,100
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
1.8 since 2014
8.5 since 2010
Projected to increase by 12.0% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Accommodation and Food Services Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations This Industry All Industries
Waiters 112,300 120,000
Kitchenhands 92,700 127,100
Bar Attendants and Baristas 84,600 93,700
General Sales Assistants 74,700 552,800
Chefs 73,100 85,000

Accommodation and Food Services accounts for 7% of Australia’s workforce, employing 842,100 people, with around 300,000 in regional areas. Almost nine of every ten jobs are in the Food and Beverage Services subsector, with the balance being in Accommodation. One in four workers is a Waiter or Kitchenhand.

Employment rose strongly over the five years to November 2015 (up by 8.5% or 64,500) and further above average growth is expected over the next five years (up by 12.0% or 98,800, compared with the all industries rate of 8.3%).

This industry provides good entry-level job opportunities to the labour market. More than half the workers do not have a post-school qualification and 58% are employed part-time, the highest proportion of any industry. This makes it an attractive option for youth (15 to 24 years) who want to combine work and study and gain important workplace skills. Young workers comprise 44% of employment in Accommodation and Food Services, the highest of any industry.

Around 54% of workers in this industry are female.

Educational attainment, Accommodation and Food Services (% of industry total)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Accommodation and Food Services Industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 15%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 25%. No post-school qualification 54%. Other qualification 6%.

Age profile, Accommodation and Food Services (% of industry total)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Accommodation and Food Services industry.  15-24 years 44%. 25-34 years 22%. 35-44 years 13%. 45-54 years 11%. Aged 55 years and over 10%. All industries average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, Accommodation and Food Services, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Accommodation and Food Services, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections