Accommodation and Food Services

This image shows that there were 896,100 people employed in Accommodation and Food Services as at November 2017, up 4.7% since November 2016 and 13.8% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 11.2% over the five years to May 2022.
35% of jobs are regional (one change over 5 years).
55% of workers are female (up 1 percentage point over 5 years).
45% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 4 percentage points over 5 years).
60% of jobs are part-time (up 3 percentage points over 5 years).
The median age is 27 years (down 1 year over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Waiters 123,600 134,900
Kitchenhands 97,100 135,900
Bar Attendants and Baristas 93,400 111,500
General Sales Assistants 77,400 553,200
Chefs 76,400 94,600

Employment, Accommodation and Food Services (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Accommodation and Food Services industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased steadily over this period to 896,100 in November 2017.

Did you know?
13% of Accommodation and Food Services workers are also attending secondary school

Accommodation and Food Services is a large and fast growing industry, with 108,400 new jobs added over the past five years.

Post-school qualifications are often not required and a large share of the workforce is aged 15 to 24 years. This industry also offers training opportunities, with 24,600 apprentices and trainees employed in 2017. Women have a relatively high share of employment in this industry and part-time employment is common.

Employment in this industry is expected to increase strongly over the five years to May 2022, up by 11.2%, supported by tourism and a growing café culture.

Educational attainment, Accommodation and Food Services (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Accommodation and Food Services industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 14%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 25%. Other qualification 6%. No post-school qualification 55%.

Age profile, Accommodation and Food Services (%)

Shows the age profile of the Accommodation and Food Services workforce. 43% aged 15 to 24 years. 22% aged 25 to 34 years. 13% aged 35 to 44 years. 12% aged 45 to 54 years. 10% aged 55 years or older.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees

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