Bed and Breakfast Operators organise and control the operations of bed and breakfasts to provide a short term, highly personalised accommodation and leisure services for guests including breakfast. They ensure that guests' needs, wants and comfort are satisfied during their stay.

    You can work as a Bed and Breakfast Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Bed and Breakfast Operators.

    Tasks

    • Oversees reservation, reception and housekeeping activities.
    • Plans, directs and co-ordinates the organisation, it's administration and the operation of the establishment.
    • Oversees accounting and purchasing activities.
    • Ensures compliance with occupational health and safety regulations.
    • May provide guests with local tourism information, and arrange tours and transportation.
    • Keeps appropriate records.
    • Exercises public relations and marketing responsibilities.
    • Assesses and reviews customer satisfaction and handles guest complaints.

    All Other Accommodation and Hospitality Managers

    • $2,068 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Bed and Breakfast Operators

    • 1,300 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 41% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 53 hours Average full-time
    • 61 years Average age
    • 69% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Bed and Breakfast Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 1,400 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Bed and Breakfast Operators work in many parts of Australia. Tasmania has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Accommodation and Food Services industry.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (41%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 53 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 61 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Most workers are aged 45 years or over
    • Gender: 69% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
    Accommodation and Food Services90.5
    Administrative and Support Services4.7
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2.0
    Health Care and Social Assistance0.8
    Other Industries2.0

    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.
    StateBed and Breakfast OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.731.6
    VIC25.425.6
    QLD18.320.0
    SA8.87.0
    WA9.510.8
    TAS8.92.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT1.11.9

    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 BracketBed and Breakfast OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.2-9.39.3
    25-343.1-22.922.9
    35-448.7-22.022.0
    45-5417.1-21.621.6
    55-5914.5-9.09.0
    60-6421.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over35.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationBed and Breakfast OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree24.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma19.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV14.1-21.121.1
    Year 1213.8-18.118.1
    Year 114.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below13.8-12.512.5

    You can work as a Bed and Breakfast Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Bed and Breakfast Operators.

    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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    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Tourism, Travel and Hospitality VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Other Accommodation and Hospitality Managers who provide good customer service, can communicate clearly and have strong people skills.

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    2. Customer and Personal Service

      65% Skill level

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

    3. Administration and Management

      64% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    4. Sales and Marketing

      62% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    5. Computers and Electronics

      62% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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