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Job Profile - Kitchen Porter

Want to enter the catering trade? Working your way up from a Kitchen Porter position will earn you the skills and creditability to go far. This role is important to both the individual and the team. It is the ground work for anyone looking for a long-term career in the kitchen trade and who you partner with can make all the difference.

Would it suit me? 

  • Looking for a job that is easy to pick up with many opportunities.  
  • Happy to work with flexible hours.
  • Searching for temporary work or an extra job. 
  • You have a willingness to learn how a commercial kitchen works. 
  • Can take instruction well and work under pressure.


  • Ensure basic cleaning jobs are carried out as quickly as possible. 
  • Cleaning and sanitising food prep areas and equipment. 
  • Keep the storeroom organised. 
  • Keep work surfaces, walls and floors clean and sanitised. 
  • Unloading deliveries
  • Organising the storeroom for efficiency.
  • Collecting and washing pots, pans, plates and cutlery.
  • Getting pots, pans, plates and cutlery back into use quickly.
  • Making sure kitchen equipment is properly stored. 
  • Removing and recycling waste from the kitchen.

Qualifications needed: 

  • For this position there are no set requirements, however it may help if you have GCSEs at grades 9 to 2 (A* to E) in English and Mathematics or some paid or unpaid experience of working in a kitchen 
  • It would be beneficial for you to have an interest in food and a good level of fitness. Further to this, you could study cookery or hospitality at college or working on a Hospitality Apprenticeship. 


  • Anything between 37 - 40 hours a week including shifts, weekends and public holidays. Part-time, temporary and seasonal opportunities are often available. 
  • Of course, working conditions will be hot, humid and high pressure. 
  • Uniform is often supplied. 

How much can I expect to earn? 

Whilst this is the lowest position in a kitchen and entry starting salary can be low, (between £11,500 and £14,000 a year) some pub companies can pay higher and your need to keep in mind that this is a start to a higher earing career.  

Next steps -  

With the right employer, experience and training you could progress to Kitchen Assistant or Chef. 

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