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Retail job description


The UK’s retail industry is said to be worth more than £312 billion and employs an estimated three million workers. While inflation, interest rates and consumer debt all have an effect on the retail business, it is an industry that continues to grow, with many of the larger retailers making long-term investments in future graduates
Retail can be subdivided into many different areas, including product sourcing and buying, product distribution, merchandising, PR and marketing, design, and human resources. The work can be demanding, with long hours that may include evening and weekend work. This calls for conscientious and hard-working individuals, who are able to offer their employers a certain amount of flexibility
Salaries vary significantly according to the position held. Sales assistants earn an average wage of around £6 to £6.50 an hour, while managers receive starting salaries of between £15,000 and £20,000, rising to £28,000 with experience. Merchandiser rates start at £18,000 and increase to between £20,000 and £40,000, with larger retailers paying up to £50,000 or more a year.


Persons who work in Retail are directly responsible for the sales of goods and services. They interact directly with clients and are familiar with their needs. These professionals tend to be very engaging, charming and are sales oriented. When starting out n this industry, persons usually begin as trainees, assistants and interns.
They can then transition into other areas such as Staff, Store, Floor and Retail Management. As Retail is a billion dollar industry the scope for earnings is very expansive and rewarding. Employees are able to aces many benefits such as reduced prices and discounts on the items they sell.
Retail professional usually performs many of the following tasks:
•    Using computer applications
•    Designing displays for store
•    Generating new ideas for window displays
•    Choosing items to be sold in the store
•    Managing a store
•    Training store employees


•    Being able to lead a team
•    Being able to manage and operate in stressful situations
•    Being accessible to both co-workers and clients
•    Being artistic and creative
•    Being creative and industrious
•    Being willing to collaborate with teams
•    Delivering results
•    Following and understanding industry trends
•    Generating good business ideas
•    Having drive and perseverance to succeed
•    Risk management and assessment


When working in Retail, there are several different qualifications that are very beneficial. This includes:
•    Marketing
•    Sales 
•    Merchandising
•    Management
•    Business
•    Logistics
•    Human Resources
Many institutions offer Certificate, Diplomas, and Degrees in these areas. Other applicable courses include Accounts, Economics, Statistics and Mathematics. As with many other Retail and Sales positions a formal certificate is not required.