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Career spotlight

Cooks

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£11,440 pile of coins

Age 35

£20,800 pile of coins

Age 50

£22,880 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £13,000

What does this career do?

Cooks prepare, season and cook food, often using pre-prepared ingredients, in clubs, private households, fast food outlets, shops selling food cooked on the premises and the catering departments and canteens of other establishments.

Typical tasks

  • requisitions or purchases foodstuffs and checks quality
  • plans meals, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs
  • cooks and sells a range of meals, such as fish and chips, over the counter
  • plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.

Current entry requirements

There are no formal academic requirements. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in Food Preparation and Cooking are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are also available.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2020)
Female
(2020)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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