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Looking for waiting jobs?

Many people think that waiting jobs are only for students - but in actual fact, professional waiting staff in fine dining restaurants can command a good salary. And, what's more, casual waiting jobs are good opportunities for anyone who is between jobs or simply wants to make a career in customer service.

How much can you earn with waiting jobs?

Let's cut to the chase - earnings. Most casual waiting jobs will pay around £5.93 per hour (and around £6.78 in London). Depending on the establishment, you might also earn a decent sum in tips. It's not unusual to take home an extra £8 to £25 per shift, if the restaurant has been fairly busy and tips are split between floor and bar staff.

What are the hours like?

Yes, the hours involved in hospitality aren't exactly sociable (because you'll be working when everyone else is socialising!). Split shifts are also quite common. A typical shift pattern example might be:

  • Monday - Off
  • Tuesday - 11am to 4pm, 7pm to 11pm
  • Wednesday - Off
  • Thursday - 12 noon to 3pm, 6pm to 10om
  • Friday - 6pm to 2am
  • Saturday - 12 noon to 3pm, 7pm to 2am
  • Sunday - 12 noon to 8pm

Although this is just an example, it does give an indication of the typical working hours in waiting.

How do I find waiting jobs?

Some waiting jobs may be listed in your local media and job search websites. Others will be advertised on the restaurant's own website. However, the most common method of finding a job is to call into the establishment with a CV and ask to speak to the manager.

What do I need to get waiting jobs?

It's becoming increasingly common for restaurants to ask for some waiting experience. However, managers know that everyone needs to start somewhere and may be willing to compromise if you let them know that you are hard working, enthusiastic, friendly and willing to work whatever hours they need.

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