The in-flight catering sector is worth around £8 billion a year to the global travel industry.
Since the first hot meals were served on flights in 1927, this sector has been competitive and constantly developing to meet the demands of the modern-day traveller. Staff in this sector can be involved in designing, cooking, packaging or transporting food which is to be consumed on board.
Recruitment agencies will seek to place candidates in a variety of roles, with the vast majority of opportunities likely to be located close to major airports around the UK.
Depending on the job, those seeking employment may need professional qualifications in the catering business and all will need to demonstrate an awareness of health and safety guidelines and ensure they follow best practice in and around the kitchen environment to avoid contamination at all times.
Staff must be diligent, reliable and able to work as part of a team. Recruitment agencies will look for those who can work to a brief and who thrive under pressure and enjoy working to deadlines. Senior management roles can involve overseeing thousands of workers and will challenge the most ambitious candidates.
Salaries in this sector start at around £14,000 but rise quickly beyond £50,000 in more senior roles and where staff can demonstrate relevant experience.