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

    You can work as a Food Trades Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in hospitality might be helpful.

    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

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 4,300 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 34% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 31 years Average age
    • 59% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Food Trades Assistants (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 4,300 in 2018 to 4,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Food Trades Assistants work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Manufacturing; and Accommodation and Food Services.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (34%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 31 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (37%).
    • Gender: 59% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20085200
    20095100
    20104200
    20116000
    20125500
    20135600
    20145600
    20154900
    20163900
    20175200
    20184300
    20234300

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Retail Trade45.2
    Manufacturing35.8
    Accommodation and Food Services12.7
    Health Care and Social Assistance2.6
    Other Industries3.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateFood Trades AssistantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW25.831.6
    VIC23.725.6
    QLD21.920.0
    SA12.57.0
    WA10.910.8
    TAS3.22.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT1.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketFood Trades AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1920.0-5.05.0
    20-2417.3-9.39.3
    25-3419.5-22.922.9
    35-4415.1-22.022.0
    45-5414.7-21.621.6
    55-596.9-9.09.0
    60-644.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationFood Trades AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV13.6-21.121.1
    Year 1231.9-18.118.1
    Year 1111.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below28.9-12.512.5

    You can work as a Food Trades Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in hospitality might be helpful.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Food Production

      41% Skill level

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

    2. Mathematics

      39% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      34% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. English Language

      33% Skill level

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

    5. Chemistry

      33% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Spend Time Standing

      99% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    2. Contact With Others

      83% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    3. Physical Proximity

      80% Important

      How physically close are you to other people?

    4. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

      79% Important

      How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

    5. Time Pressure

      79% Important

      How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

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