The main role of bar staff is to take orders and serve customers with the drinks, and sometimes food, that they order from the bar at establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. Apart from serving customers, bar staff jobs involve keeping the bar area clean, washing glasses and restocking the bar. Bar staff provide an important front of house service for the establishment where they are working, therefore, the image that they present reflects on the reputation of the venue. A friendly and engaging personality, confidence, appropriate personal presentation and efficiency are important characteristics. Bar staff vacancies can be found at a wide range of venues such as small local pubs, workingmen’s clubs, city centre bars, nightclubs, casinos, hotels and many other entertainment venues. Bar staff working hours can vary depending on the venue, generally shifts are in the afternoon and night.
Bar Staff Jobs Education Requirements
Qualifications are not often required to work behind a bar but the law states that you must be over the age of 18. Most establishments provide basic training to their employees. For those wanting to make a career in bar work, for example bar manager job courses are available. The main requirements for bar staff jobs are a good personality and the ability to work in a busy and demanding environment, to interact with customers and work as a member of a team, punctuality and reliability and an understanding of alcoholic drinks.
Bar Staff Jobs Market
Bar staff jobs are part of the wider hospitality jobs industry and there are many opportunities to find work in this sector. Many bar staff vacancies can be ideal for students and people wanting a second job.
Bar Staff Jobs Salaries
Most bar staff jobs pay an hourly rate; according to research conducted by PayScale, this is generally between £6.60 and £7.90, depending on age and experience.