Food Trades Assistants assist Food Trades Workers by performing routine food preparation, cleaning and storage tasks.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.

Tasks

  • gathering food ingredients in preparation for cooking and serving
  • gathering pots and pans in preparation for cooking food ingredients
  • weighing and measuring ingredients
  • washing, peeling, cutting, slicing and dicing ingredients for cooking and serving
  • cutting and grinding meat, poultry and seafood in preparation for cooking
  • removing cooked food from ovens and food warmers
  • washing work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes and silverware
  • storing food supplies, equipment, utensils, dishes and silverware in refrigerators, cupboards, pantries and other storage areas
  • informing Foods Trade Workers when food supplies are low

Job Titles

  • Pastrycook's Assistant
  • Other Food Trades Assistants
  • Pastrycook's Assistant

    Assists a Pastrycook by performing routine tasks in the kitchen such as preparing ingredients, and cleaning and storing equipment.

    Specialisations: Bakery Assistant

  • Other Food Trades Assistants

    Includes Butcher's Assistant, Chef's Assistant, Cook's Assistant

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    High School or Certificate I
  • Employment Size

    4800
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    35.7%
  • Female Share

    64.3%
  • Full-Time Share

    31.6%

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This is a very small occupation employing 4800 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Food Trades Assistants work in most parts of Australia.
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Retail Trade; Manufacturing; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 34.1 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 24 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 5 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20054700
20064500
20074900
20086100
20094800
20104000
20116700
20125100
20135700
20146500
20154800
20204600

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryFood Trades AssistantsAll Jobs Average
Full-time31.668.4
Part-time68.431.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)34.140

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Retail Trade66.6
Manufacturing26.8
Accommodation and Food Services4.3
Health Care and Social Assistance2.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFood Trades AssistantsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.831.8
VIC18.525.5
QLD24.519.8
SA4.26.8
WA21.111.2
TAS5.42
NT1.51.1
ACT01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFood Trades AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1919.7-5.45.4
20-2432.6-9.99.9
25-347.4-23.423.4
35-4422.8-21.721.7
45-544.6-21.121.1
55-596.4-8.78.7
60-646.5-5.95.9
65 and Over0-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryFood Trades AssistantsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males35.7Males53.6
Females64.3Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Food Trade Assistants who are reliable, interact well with customers and team members and are polite and courteous.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Food Production

    69% Important

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  2. English Language

    61% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    59% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mathematics

    58% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and Management

    52% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Performing General Physical Activities

    67% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  2. Building Good Relationships

    62% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  3. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    61% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    60% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Handling and Moving Objects

    59% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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