How To Increase Tips in Hospitality Jobs

Lets just take a moment to talk about tips, because hospitality staff in Australia should not expect to be tipped for just doing their job.

how to increase tips in hospitality jobs

Pouring wine, suggesting menu items, clearing plates and offering dessert – these are basic expectations of your job. If you're traveling from overseas to work in hospitality or events in Australia, there are some important things you should consider when it comes to service expectations and the allure of tips.

In the US and Europe, wage costs are significantly lower than Australia, currently around $7.25 in the United States and £5.60 in the UK. Culturally, service is ingrained in the workforce and has been for decades. It’s rude and insensitive to not tip because:


  1. The service is outstanding (usually). If it isn't then it severely effects the livelihood of the people that provide it.
  2. Customers are aware of the minimum wage, and it’s naturally expected to tip anywhere from 10-18% of the total bill.
  3. The workforce is conditioned to serve to a high standard, and they use the opportunity to earn as much as they can. 

Base rates of pay here in Australia are around $25 per hour Monday – Friday, and rising up to $36 per hour over the weekends if you are contracted to one of the many awards covered in the hospitality industry. With technology advancements in mobile payments, service staff can't rely on someone tipping and signing off. Instead staff need to evolve and actually provide an experience that is beyond F&B, and beyond what’s expected by their guests.

It’s absolutely not acceptable to stand over a guest while they are entering their details on the merchant terminal while you wait for them to complete the transaction or actually inviting your guests to tip, if you have not provided service that is beyond your actual job.

If you’re here in Australia on Working Holiday Visa (WHV) or you are an international student, you’ll clearly notice the dramatic increase in you're hourly rate compared to being back home. Here are some basic maths for you, working in any hospitality jobs in Australia you will be paid between 5 & 6 times your basic hourly rate in the US. On top of this, you have the opportunity to earn another 10% at least in gratuity per table, if you adopt your service culture from back home.

Regardless of what your manager or a travel blog tells you, people in Australia DO TIP, that is only if the service is deserving of it. 

If you do adopt that service culture, then that on it’s own is sure to impress not only your manager, but your colleagues along the way. Most WHV holders are completely unaware that they hold this competitive advantage! Include some of the other characteristics typical in an exceeder, and your bound to make a positive impact and get noticed.

If you are looking for a venue where you can provide a service experience that goes far beyond just serving food and beverage, then submit your resume below!
Discover the exciting world of hospitality. It will take you places!

About the author Marlowe Bennett

With 22 years of experience and over 23,000 professional hours working across Sydney’s hospitality industry, our content aims to inspire young candidates to pursue professional careers and to help operators grow compliantly.


Staffing Solutions: Temporary & Permanent

Discover our informative industry-specific fact sheets and how you can enable operational freedom.

Download your copy


The Intelligent Travellers Guide to a Working Holiday in Australia

Full of tips for making the most of this highly rated bucket list experience.

Download your copy

Discover More

2019 Wrap Up

Every year, we like to look back on what we’ve accomplished as a business and what we’re aiming to achieve moving f...

December 31, 2019

11 Free Online Tools to Create a Winning...

With countless free online resume tools now available, creating an eye-catching resume that sets you apart from the...

December 20, 2019

Restaurant Owners: How to Improve the FO...

As a restaurant manager or business owner, you play a significant role in employee satisfaction, retention and prod...

December 16, 2019


Submit a job vacancy

Got a position you need to fill? Please enter the job vacancy details below

Thank you your job vacancy has been posted


Submit your resume

Tell us a bit about yourself,
fill out the form below

Not ready to post a vacancy?

Subscribe to our newsletter instead to keep up to date

Not ready to submit a resume?

Subscribe to our newsletter instead to keep up to date