Silver service refers to the way that food is served to a customer in an eating establishment. Silver service waitresses serve food straight to a diner's plate from a silver platter that they rest on their arm. Silver service waitresses can be found in restaurants, in hotels and at corporate events.
No formal education is required to become a silver service waitress. Though many employers prefer those who have silver service experience, on-the-job training is usually offered.
People working in the hospitality industry should have a friendly manner and good customer service skills. They must be able to work well in hectic and demanding situations.
The Connexions career website notes that typical duties include performing silver service at customers' tables, responding to customers' needs, clearing empty plates, greeting customers and taking telephone reservations.
The National Careers Service forecasts slow but steady increase in the "miscellaneous services" sector, which includes silver service waitresses. Over 2.2 million people are currently employed in this sector.
The salary range of a silver service waitress varies depending on experience and employer. Starting salaries can be as low as £12,000 to £16,000 per annum, with experienced waiters earning £17,000 to £20,000.