Bartender | Selby College
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Bar staff serve drinks in venues like pubs, clubs, wine bars, hotels and leisure centres.

Potential salary

£12,000 to £35,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 variable

  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • a good memory
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • using a till to take orders and payments
  • handling cash
  • serving drinks and snacks
  • keeping the bar clean and well stocked

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in a pub or bar, at a restaurant, in a hotel or at a social club.

Your working environment may be noisy, crowded and hot.

With experience, you could progress to supervisor, deputy bar manager and bar manager.

You could also become a publican or bar manager for a hotel chain.

You can find out more about careers in the drinks trade from:The Hospitality Guild; British Beer & Pub Association; Wine and Spirit Education Trust

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