Glass Collector Job Description

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Bars can be busy and fast-paced, particularly late at night and on weekends. Bars often hire glass collectors to pick up empty beverages in order to maintain both the smooth running of the business and the look of the venue.

General Description

A glass collector roams the site where he works, collecting all the empty glasses and bottles from the customers' tables and returning them to the bar in a timely fashion.

Further Roles

A glass collector may be required to take customer orders and serve beverages. She may also be required to partake in cleaning duties to maintain the look and hygiene of the bar and general venue where she works. A glass collector must also be prepared to assist customers.

Location, Hours and Salary

Glass collectors generally work at bars. Their hours are typically part-time, usually late at night and on weekends, when the popularity of bars increases. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage of bartender assistants is £5.2 per hour.

Skills and Qualifications

Glass collectors do not require any particular qualifications. However, they must be willing to work under pressure and they must be punctual as well as active, since the work involves a lot of physical movement. Glass collectors must also have good communication skills so they can deal with customers.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of workers in the food and beverage industry is expected to increase by 10 per cent between 2008 and 2018. Glass collecting is an entry-level position that allows for growth to higher positions such as bar management.