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Bar supervisors have a lot of responsibility when it comes to the efficient running of the bar. Typically they have to oversee staff including bartenders as well as the waiting staff. They also have to account to management for staff and make sure that health and safety protocols are strictly followed at the bar. Some supervisors will also have to help out with the bar’s budget and also make sure that enough stock is always available.
At some bars, you will also be expected to work in the office as well as the bar. You are required to be hands-on for this job and may have to help out with various issues that affect the staff from time to time including scheduling issues. You will also be the person to support initiatives implemented by the Bar Manager or the Assistant Bar Manager. There may also be instances when you have to respond to customer queries and resolve small issues that they may raise. Bar supervisors can look forward to working in the service industry at different types of locations including hotels and resorts. It can be a financially rewarding job and if you get the right environment it could also be a lot of fun.
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Becoming a Bar supervisor is a great way to start learning about management and the service industry. It’s also a great way to get a better understanding of the field.
Before you can be considered for employment you will have to obtain the relevant license. That license is called the Personal License. To get this license, you will also have to complete the APLH Training Course. This course will help you to become qualified to receive your Level 2 Award for Personal License Holders qualification.
The ALPH Training course focuses on equipping you with the skills to become a Bar Supervisor. You will learn about:
The Personal License Training Course starts at £119.99. The Personal License Application costs £37. This fee must be paid to your local council. It is also possible that you will have to pay around £25 when obtaining your basic DBS Check. Your Personal License does not have an expiry date.
The APLH Course is used to introduce you to the fundamentals of working as a Bar Supervisor. It is just one day and is necessary for obtaining your personal license. You will also need to pass a multiple-choice exam to obtain the Level 2 Award for Personal License Holders qualification. So in total, you can expect to spend about £181.00 to become licensed as a Bar Supervisor. The great thing is your license will never expire and is valid for life.
The SIA license requires you to:
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Start a successful career as a Bar Supervisor by following these steps:
This is the first step to become a Bar Supervisor
Successfully attend the 1 day course and pass the multiple-choice exam
You can apply for your licence after passing the course
Once you have your licence gain experience working in a bar and work your way up to becoming the Bar Supervisor
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A Bar Supervisor has many duties that vary depending on where you find employment.
Bar Supervisor Duties and Responsibilities:
You’ll also be the person to try and calm angry customers who may not like the service that they are getting. Your role will be to try and assess and deal with the situation before it gets to management. To do this you should have great conflict management skills. At times you may have to sign orders coming to the bar and perform other administrative duties including staying up-to-date with budget allocation.
Following training as a Bar Supervisor, you will be equipped with the skills to:
Assistant Bar Managers are also responsible for:
As you can imagine this is a job that will have you on your feet for most of your shift. As such you should try to maintain your physical fitness so that you can keep up with the many and varied responsibilities that you will face during your shift. Your staff’s morale will also be very important and if you can get your team motivated, your job can become a little easier.
You will also have to be able to deal with long and sometimes irregular hours that can be mentally taxing. The job can be fun if you can get your team to perform well. You will also have the opportunity to meet new people almost every shift. This also means that shifts can vary greatly depending on your duties and the people that you have to interact with.
Skills and personal qualities required:
A Bar Supervisor also needs to be:
There are no specific qualifications such as GCSEs required to take your SIA course. However, because all you need is your SIA qualification you will be competing with a lot of people from countries around the world who have the right to work in the UK. You should have at least a strong command of English as you will be required to listen and understand situations as well as write reports and communicate with your team.
Benefits of the job:
You can also expect to:
Life skills you will acquire
You may learn new multi-tasking skills that could help you in your personal life. You could also learn how to develop concentration techniques as you will be responsible for a lot of moving parts during your shift. You may also develop a deeper understanding of management issues which could help you if you decide to tackle another part of the service industry.
Here are a few skills that you will learn during your course and can hone as you get more experience on the job:
It's always a plus to be physically fit to handle your duties as you will be on your feet for much of your job. The wage is attractive but a negative issue is getting the hours needed to make up a proper salary.
You can expect to work weekends on most occasions and a typical work week can be anywhere between 20 to 48 hours a week. It is possible to find more steady hours if you can find employment with a hotel or restaurant that has set opening and closing hours.
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If you are looking to gain experience in the service industry, becoming a Bar Supervisor is a great place to start. You can earn a fair wage while learning about the industry. As mentioned, finding regular hours is somewhat of a setback but there is a very good chance that it can be done. Most Bar Supervisors start off making about £10.00 an hour. As you become experienced the role can become quite lucrative as some Bar Supervisors can make as much as £16.00 per hour.
The table below shows how much you could earn:
Typical weekly (40 hours)
Typical annually (40 hours per week)
£10 to £14
£400 to £560
£20, 800 - £29, 120
£14 to £16
£560 to £ 640
£29, 120 - £33, 280
Besides the fact that the starting salary is good, the job can be an exciting one as you figure out your duties and learn more about the service industry. You will have to consider how best you can find work to ensure that you get a good wage. Once you do you will find that you meet a lot of interesting people that make the job fun. The pay rate is considered higher than many other roles in the service industry as long as you can secure up to 40 hours a week. You can expect to start in this position making about £10.00 an hour. If you can get a job or jobs that guarantee you 40 hours a week then you can expect to make about £20, 000 annually.
It is also a position where you may be rewarded quickly for good work and showing good management skills. With time in the industry, it is possible to start making about £16.00 an hour which could bring in at least £33, 000 annually.
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