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Challenges in the Foodservice Labor Market: BENEFITS OF WORKING IN FOODSERVICE

Challenges in the Foodservice Labor Market: BENEFITS OF WORKING IN FOODSERVICE


Last Published: 07/20/2017

Challenges in the Foodservice Labor Market: BENEFITS OF WORKING IN FOODSERVICE

The foodservice industry fast-growing sector of the economy and it currently employs nearly nine million people in food prep and service capacities. 


Yet, the industry still struggles to with retaining good employees and the realities of the current labor market. Some of these difficulties are due to the perceived disadvantages of the industry to prospective employees.

Finding, hiring and retaining employees is nearly as big of challenge as financial burdens of rising food prices and mandated minimum wage increases.

If foodservice operators want to entice new and qualified employment candidates into the industry, then a focus on highlighting the industry’s attractiveness is needed. The foodservice industry is unique and promoting some of the benefits will go a long way towards changing public perception. Some top examples are listed below:

  • Salary potential in U.S. foodservice: Many food-related careers come with the potential to earn a solid living and offer a good job outlook. Becoming a chef offers an average salary of $45,000, while a top-end salary can be up to $74,000 or more. Restaurant and hospitality managers average $55,000 with a top-end salary of $83,000 or higher.

  • Diversity of industry opportunities: One of the best benefits of food industry careers is the diversity. The culinary sector offers career options that range from traditional positions like chef to new and emerging jobs like food forager. And the manufacturing sector presents opportunities for individuals seeking food science careers and other positions related to food processing.

  • Transferrable career skills: Careers in the food industry can equip you with several occupational skills that are valued in other sectors. Working in the restaurant sector provides you the opportunity to develop exceptional communication and customer service skills. Working in kitchens and manufacturing facilities can help workers become highly organized and efficient. Depending on the focus of the job, workers may even possess transferable skills in areas like accounting, human resources, and purchasing.

  • Versatile schedules/flexibility: The higher flexibility of scheduling in the foodservice industry can provide employees with the opportunity to split their time between multiple interests and jobs. The ability to choose night or day shifts and part or full-time work enables them to create their own personal work/life balance.

  • Regular social interaction with co-workers and public: The food service industry is reliant on the regular interaction between employees and customers, providing prospective employees with a major alternative to traditional office work. Jobs that are “front of the house” in a restaurant, such as server, bartender, or restaurant manager provide workers with the opportunity to meet new and interesting people every day.


Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.

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