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Food and beverage servers take patrons' food and beverage orders and serve orders to patrons. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private clubs, banquet halls and similar establishments.
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- Greet patrons, present menus, make recommendations and answer questions regarding food and beverages
- Take orders and relay to kitchen and bar staff
- Recommend wines that complement patrons' meals
- Serve food and beverages
- Prepare and serve specialty foods at patrons' tables
- Present bill to patrons and accept payment
- Order and maintain inventory of wines and wine glassware
- Perform sensory evaluation of wines.
Outlook & Prospects for Food and Beverage Servers in North Shore Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|North Shore Region||2011-10-05|
Currently the chances of qualified Food and Beverage Servers finding employment are considered to be good in the local area. The main reason why the employment potential for this occupation is considered good is due to such a large number of restaurants and food service businesses located in our area. This occupation is often seen advertised in the job bank and more recently even posted in the windows of local businesses. For the past few years the unemployed numbers (supply) in this occupation have remained relatively stable. Turnover is often high due to seasonality, the use of part-time, shift work and the transition to other employment opportunities. The wages and benefits are frequently low, although tips will supplement overall income.
Demand increases in the summer months during tourism season, as some local business only operate during this peak time. As an entry-level position, there is also a steady supply of labour for this occupation. Students are a source of supply for employers particularly in the summer months. On-the-job training is provided by some employers but experienced waitresses/waiters will usually not have difficultly finding employment; although in some cases it will be seasonal. There are new restaurants/bars opening from time to time but there are also closings, which tends to balance the labour market out, over time, rather than expanding it.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Food and Beverage Servers in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Food and Beverage Servers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- Pictou Lodge is expected to reopen in late May 2013 under new ownership. The seasonal hotel, which had employed about 60 workers, had gone into receivership over the winter.
- The Lobster Bar, a restaurant, will open in Pictou in June 2013
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
- A fire has destroyed Davison’s Maple Syrup & Pancake House in Parrsboro, leaving six part-time employees out of work
- Trendz Fitness, a fitness centre in New Glasgow, has closed due to financial reasons
Week of Mar 11 – Mar 15, 2013
- Dooly's pool hall in downtown New Glaslow closed on March 17; Acro Lounge and Eatery opened in their location on March 18.
Week of Feb 18 – Feb 22, 2013
- Truro's downtown Warehouse Bars - Keggers Alehouse, Chevy's Bar and Rustlers Cabaret - have sold, and two of the businesses will see renovations
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