Northern Rivers Industry Blueprint:

Accommodation & food

Accommodation and Food Services is a large and fast growing industry, with 127,000 new jobs added over the past five years. Part-time work is common in this industry (60% of those employed). This industry provides strong entry level opportunities for workers. A large share of the workforce is aged 15 to 24 years and post-school qualifications are often not required. This industry also offers training opportunities, employing 22,900 apprentices and trainees in 2018.
$46800
Annual Median Salary
40%
of workers are full time
54%
of workforce is female (46% is male)
42
average (full time) weekly hours
Entry Level

Skills

Active LearningActive ListeningEquipment SelectionOperation and ControlService OrientationSocial Perceptiveness

Jobs

Flight AttendantBar AttendantCharter and Tour Bus DriverCommercial CleanerCookGaming WorkerKitchenhandLaundry Worker (General)Doorperson or Luggage PorterRecreation Officer \ Recreation CoordinatorWaiter

Qualifications

  • Completion of Year 10
  • Certificate I or II
  • May include an Australian Apprenticeship
  • 60% of the workforce has no post-school qualification or another qualification
Vocational qualifications and trades

Skills

Complex Problem SolvingCoordinationCritical ThinkingEquipment MaintenanceEquipment SelectionJudgment and Decision MakingOperation and ControlService OrientationSocial PerceptivenessTime Management

Jobs

ChefConference and Event OrganiserFlight AttendantGallery or Museum GuideTour GuideTourist Information OfficerTravel ConsultantTravel Attendants

Qualifications

  • Certificate III through to Advanced Diploma
  • May include an Australian Apprenticeship
  • Study usually undertaken at TAFE or Registered Training Organisation
  • Some universities offer study at this level
  • 25% of the workforce has a Certificate III qualification or higher
Degree qualified & managerial

Skills

Complex Problem SolvingCritical ThinkingInstructingJudgment and Decision MakingManagement of Financial ResourcesManagement of Personnel ResourcesMonitoringNegotiationOperations AnalysisQuality Control AnalysisSpeakingTime Management

Jobs

Hotel or Motel ManagerLicensed Club ManagerTravel Agency ManagerTourist Information Officer

Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree or higher
  • Study usually undertaken at university
  • 15% of the workforce has a Bachelor degree or higher qualification
Industry Prospects
Accommodation and Food Services employment is projected to increase by 9.1% over the five years to May 2023 (above the 7.1% expected growth across all industries). Particularly strong growth is expected in the Caf├ęs, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services sector (11.9%).
Did you know?
  • In the Northern Rivers, Accommodation and Food Services accounts for 9.6% of employment
  • Accommodation and Food service workers (jobs in NR) are getting younger. In 2014 - 48.7% were under 34 years of age - in 2019 53.2% are under 34 years