The number of people working as Chefs (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 80,200 in 2014 to 101,000 in 2019.
Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.
- Size: This is a very large occupation.
- 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.