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Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, jobs requiring you to deal with the public would benefit from previous experience working directly with the public.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

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€18k > 35
Bar & Restaurant Staff
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€19 - 40
Related Information:
Restaurant Manager: 28 - 35
Bar Manager: 28 - 40
Restaurant Supervisor: 19 - 26
Bar Person: 18 - 25
Data Source(s):
RecruitIreland (2014) / Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

Bar Person
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 35
Related Information:
Tourism Insight 2016 Figures: Bartender 19k - 35k

Data Source(s):
Payscale.com, Tourism Insights (2016)

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Employment growth has been strong for these occupations; however, churn is also a significant factor resulting in an over-representation in the vacancy data. While demand has grown, no specific qualification is required for the majority of these roles and, therefore, supply can be drawn from the total labour market. Indeed, there were over 3,000 job ready job seekers in August 2018, who had previously been employed in these occupations.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Occupational Category

Bar Staff

Also included in this category:

Bar supervisors; barmaids; bartenders; glass collectors (public houses).

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 60%
Male / Female: 66 / 34%
Non-Nationals: 6%
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At a Glance... header image

Attends to the serving of drinks in public houses, lounges, hotels and leisure centres.

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The Work header image

A Bartender's duties include identifying and serving drinks and sometimes food like bar snacks, sandwiches and soups in a pleasant, efficient manner, operating cash registers and draught dispensing equipment, purchasing and checking in supplies, requisitioning of stock from cellars and displaying products on shelves and having a knowledge of legislation in relation to hygiene, safety and licensed premises.  
The job is demanding, but it is also very interesting and varied. Bartenders meet people from all walks of life and are busiest when most people have finished work.
Work hours are very varied and often involve night shifts at unusual times - in the evenings, at weekends and over holiday periods.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Collect money for drinks served.


Check identification of customers to verify age requirements for purchase of alcohol.


Clean glasses, utensils, and bar equipment.


Balance cash receipts.


Attempt to limit problems and liability related to customers' excessive drinking by taking steps such as persuading customers to stop drinking, or ordering taxis or other transportation for intoxicated patrons.


Stock bar with beer, wine, liquor, and related supplies such as ice, glassware, napkins, or straws.


Serve wine, and bottled or draft beer.


Take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from patrons.


Clean bars, work areas, and tables.


Mix ingredients, such as liquor, soda, water, sugar, and bitters, to prepare cocktails and other drinks.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Sales and Marketing: Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.


Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Bars can be very busy, noisy places with all kinds of customers from groups of young men to elderly people.  
As a barperson, you will need to be an enthusiastic, friendly type of person, who is able to get along with most people. You should be able to work in a team, sometimes with chefs and cooks and have good communication skills. You need to be aware of hygiene and personal cleanliness, be good with numbers, and able to lift and move heavy items. You'll be on your feet most of the time so you'll need plenty of stamina.

Entry Routesheader image

There is no one set way to enter the bar business. Many people start off in the industry by doing part-time work during the holidays. Personal application may be made to any licensed premises. Employers may also advertise locally for staff. Working in a bar can be great fun and it's also a great way to start your career in the hospitality sector. You could work your way up the ladder to become a Bar Supervisor, Bar Manager or even a publican.

Bar management courses such as CR650 at CIT are a great way to learn all the skills you need to be a success in the bar trade – from service to management.

There are hundreds of courses available across Ireland to help you get started in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector. If full-time education doesn’t suit, you can also avail of some great apprenticeship programmes in the industry.

See alsolist of hospitality courses from getalifeintourism.

Last Updated: November, 2015

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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Bar Person - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Bartender - from: Get a Life in Tourism

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Contactsheader image


Organisation: FŠilte Ireland
Address: Amiens Street, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 884 7700
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Organisation: Licensed Vintners Association
Address: Anglesea House, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 668 0215
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Organisation: Vintners Federation of Ireland
Address: VFI House, Castleside Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Tel: (01) 492 3400
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