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Sales and retail assistants

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£13,000 pile of coins

Age 35

£21,840 pile of coins

Age 50

£25,480 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £10,920

What does this career do?

Sales and retail assistants demonstrate and sell a variety of goods and services in shops, stores, showrooms and similar establishments.

Typical tasks

  • discusses customer requirements, including type and price range of goods/services desired
  • advises customer on selection, purchase, use and care of merchandise and quotes prices, discounts and delivery times
  • advises customer making major purchase on credit terms and arranges finance as appropriate
  • receives full or partial payment, checks validity of form of payment, writes or prints bill, receipt or docket and packages merchandise for customer
  • arranges and replenishes goods on display stands, undertakes stock checks and assists with the receipt of deliveries from suppliers into the stock room
  • handles returns and deals with customer complaints.

Current entry requirements

No minimum academic qualifications are required although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically provided on-the-job. Apprenticeships and NVQs/SVQs in Retail Operations are available at various levels.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)
Female
(2018)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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