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Food preparation assistants

Food preparation assistants prepare and cook a small variety of pre-cooked food or beverages, clear tables, clean kitchen areas and wash dishes. For people to competently undertake the tasks required in this occupation, they usually need to have completed primary education or the first stage of basic education. A short period of on-the-job training may be required for some jobs. The tasks food preparation assistants undertake includes: preparing simple or pre-prepared foods and beverages such as sandwiches, pizzas, fish and chips, salads and coffee; washing, cutting, measuring and mixing foods for cooking; operating cooking equipment such as grills, microwaves and deep-fat fryers; cleaning kitchens, food preparation areas and service areas; cleaning cooking and general utensils used in kitchens and restaurants. Examples of the types of job found in this occupation include: kitchen porter, short-order cook, dishwasher, etc.

Read more about this occupation in our Analytical highlight.

Future employment growth (in %) of food preparation assistants across countries in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

In 2015, food preparation assistants accounted for 0.79% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 1,749,157.

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015, the number of people employed as food preparation assistants in EU changed by 17.97%.

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by sector and occupation

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.

In 2015, food preparation assistants were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Accommodation & food service activities (1,143,276)
  • Human health & social work activities (211,001)
  • Education (160,213) 
  • Wholesale & retail trade (63,421)
  • Arts, recreation, and other activities (43,326)

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Countries with highest employment share of food preparation assistants in 2015:

  • Denmark (1.94%)
  • Cyprus (1.50%)
  • United Kingdom (1.47%)
  • Ireland (1.40%)
  • Sweden (1.29%)

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

In the period 2015-2025, employment for food preparation assistants in EU is projected to change by -0.59%

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Employment of food preparation assistants in EU in 2015 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by sector and occupation

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.

Employment share (%) of food preparation assistants across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Education level profile (%) of food preparation assistants in EU

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Age profile (%) of food preparation assistants in EU

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

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