The retail sector is the UK's second biggest industry for employment, providing jobs for three million people in venues from corner shops to multi-national chains. Often people seeking a career in retail start as a sales assistant with a choice of working in a range of areas such as a supermarket, department store, fashion, jewellery, sport, music, books or health and beauty. Responsibilities differ depending if the shop specialises in a particular product, but, in general, basic tasks tend to be the same. They include:
Serving and advising customers
Keeping the shop stocked
Taking orders and arranging deliveries
Dealing with complaints and refunds
Sales Assistant Jobs Education Requirements
Qualifications are not needed for
Qualifications are not needed for sales assistant jobs because many of the duties are learned on the shop floor. However, numeracy and literacy skills are useful when handling money. Many employers prefer applicants to have "people" skills, though the need for robust qualifications could soon be about to change. According to the UK Commission for Employment Skills, overall skills required for the job are set to increase, so the need for English and maths abilities is predicted to become more important. Also an increasing expansion into internet sales means those with good qualifications and ICT skills can better advance their career into more senior posts such as store supervisor jobs or assistant manager roles.
Sales Assistant Jobs Market
Retail is an import part of the UK economy contributing £90bn in 2014. A return of consumer confidence is expected to drive sales figures up and over the next 10 years the number of workers is predicted to rise. The majority of growth is expected to be in managerial positions and somebody in a store manager job with excellent IT skills to oversee online retailing will be high in demand.
Sales Assistant Jobs Salary Information
Sales assistants can earn between £12,000 and £15,000 a year, managerial positions can pocket up to £45,000 and more in big supermarkets and flagship stores.