The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE said the demand for Filipino food and beverage(F&B) workers will step up spurred by increases in population, household income, and leisure time that will allow people to dine out and take vacations more often.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, in a statement, said students who were not able to enroll in tertiary education but who want to get employment fast might consider looking into the F&B courses. These courses are available in many technical-vocational schools in the country that offer trainings for waiters and waitresses, baristas, bartenders, cooks, and kitchen helpers.
Baldoz added that it takes only a few weeks or months to gain the appropriate skills required in some of the high-paying careers in the labor market such as food and beverage. She also said those who seek career advancement in the F&B industry should opt to further their skills in communication, orientation to teamwork, customer service skills, and ability to multi-task, flexibility, and creativity.
The current entry level monthly salary for F&B workers ranges from R8,000 to R15,000. Those who are in supervisory level positions may even get salary of up to R20,000.
In other countries like in the US, hourly compensation ranges from $3.51 to $7.65. An F&B front liner may even get other benefits or incentives such as allowances, bonuses, overtime pay, and customer service tips.