Restaurant manager

Hospitality, catering and tourism

Career outlook for restaurant manager

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would run a restaurant so that customers can enjoy delicious food and good service. You’d be responsible for making sure that the restaurant runs efficiently and makes a profit.

You could work in:

  • Hotels
  • Small independent restaurants
  • Restaurants that are part of a large chain
  • Fast food outlets

You would:

  • Advertise vacancies and recruit staff
  • Make sure staff are fully trained
  • Keep staff motivated to provide the highest standard of service
  • Organise staff shifts and rotas
  • Order supplies
  • Monitor and control finances
  • Ensure strict hygiene, health and safety rules are followed

If you own the restaurant, you would work closely with the chef to select recipes and create menus.

Working conditions


Your working hours would include evenings, weekends and public holidays. Shift work and split shifts (working mornings and evenings, with time off in the afternoon) are common. Overtime may often be required around important events, for example Christmas or Easter.


You would usually be based indoors, splitting your time between the front of the restaurant and the kitchen.


There may be travel involved for meetings or to provide cover for other restaurants within the same company.

UK employment status





Self employed


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You would need a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) or a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in hospitality management or business. Or relevant work-based experience and qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Hospitality: Supervision and Leadership (SVQ level 3) or Institute of Hospitality Certificate or Diploma.

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Useful subjects

  • Maths
  • English
  • Business Management
  • ICT
  • Modern languages
  • Health and food technology

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show an understanding of the industry, customer care and management skills such as Skills for Work Hospitality (SCQF level 4/5).

Relevant work-based qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Hospitality (SVQ level 2/3/4) or Management (SVQ level 3/4/5).