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Sales and retail assistants

£5,200 Average salary at age 20
£17,160 Average Salary
32 Average hours per week

Description

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

Main 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.

Qualifications

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.

What Sales and retail assistants studied in higher education

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What Sales and retail assistants studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies8
(L3) Sociology4
(C1) Biology2
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology6
(W1) Fine art2
(W3) Music2
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences2
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(W6) Cinematics & photography4
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies5
(L2) Politics2
(K1) Architecture1
(N5) Marketing2
(W4) Drama3
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic2
(J9) Others in technology1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport2
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(V5) Philosophy1
(L1) Economics1
(N1) Business studies5
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(L5) Social work1
(X1) Training teachers1
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science4
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies3
(N2) Management studies2
(V1) History by period4
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science3
(W5) Dance1

UK Prospects

882400 Workforce Size
3.93% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
269963 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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