The number of people working as Chefs (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 100,800 in 2018 to 117,500 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 81,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 16,200 a year).
- Size: This is a very large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
- Location: Chefs work in many regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in Accommodation and Food Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Arts and Recreation Services.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,250 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 25% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Chefs.