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The catering and hospitality sector in Manchester

Manchester will forever be synonymous with industrial innovation, artistic achievement and footballing prowess, and rightly so. But what fewer people realise is that the city known as Cottonopolis is home to thriving culinary scene that’s the envy of foodie aficionados all over the UK. Whether you’re a bar manager with lots of experience or a kitchen porter just starting out in the game, an eclectic range of catering and hospitality opportunities await around every corner.

An economic powerhouse that employs over 1.3 million people, Manchester’s impressive economic forecasts and low operating costs make it a great place to open a business. Despite a spate of recent high-profile closures, the city can proudly lay claim to the fastest-growing food and drink scene in the country. In fact, the scene is growing three times faster than London’s: over the last five years, the number of new openings in the city centre has increased by 22%.

With business booming and wages rising, there’s never been a better time to work in food and drink in Manchester. Our most recent data reveals that the average chef can expect to take home up to £23,000 a year, while an executive head chef can earn up to £50,000 both higher than Liverpool or Birmingham. 

It’s not just bars and restaurants that provide meaningful employment for catering and hospitality staff in Manchester. Manchester Airport is one of the north west’s biggest employers, offering plenty of opportunities in a number of roles from gastropub managers to part-time baristas. Other major employers for permanent, temporary and contract catering staff include Manchester University and Manchester Arena, as well as the many hundreds of schools and dozens of hotels in the city.

To stay on top of your game in the catering and hospitality sector, training is key. Fortunately, there are a number of industry-recognised training courses across Manchester.

Manchester is a dynamic, diverse city that’s ideal for the ambitious catering and hospitality professional. With so many high-quality establishments to choose from, there won’t be many blue Mondays in Mancunia.

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