Business sales executives


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Business sales executives provide advice to existing and potential customers, and receive orders for specialist machinery, equipment, materials and other products or services that require technical knowledge.


There are no formal academic requirements, although entrants usually possess academic qualifications and/or relevant experience in a particular profession or speciality. Training is usually on-the-job. Professional qualifications and NVQs/ SVQs at Levels 2 and 3 are available.

Typical tasks

  • discusses customer requirements and advises them on the capabilities and limitations of the goods or services being sold;
  • quotes prices, credit details, delivery dates and payment arrangements and arranges for delivery and installation of goods if appropriate;
  • makes follow up visits to ensure customer satisfaction and to obtain further orders;
  • stays abreast of advances in product/field and suggests possible improvements to product or service;
  • maintains records and accounts of sales made and handles customer complaints.

Common job titles

Officer, sales
Trader, grain
Engineer, marketing, product
Executive, sales
Salesman, cattle
Salesman, delivery
Specialist, products
Agent (wholesale, retail trade)
Representative (gas supplier)
Handler, account, sales
Representative, architectural
Salesman, glazing, double
Executive, account, corporate
Representative, publisher's
Supervisor, sales
Representative, agricultural
Specialist, sales
Engineer, consulting
Agent, publisher's
Adviser, service, home (gas supplier)
Agent, agricultural
Merchant (wholesale, retail trade)
Agent, engineer's
Representative, heating
Salesman (manufacturing)
Agent, sales
Organiser, sales
Executive, accounts, national
Salesman, wool (scrap merchants, breakers)
Salesman (manufacturers' agents)
Assistant, gallery, art (retail trade)
Controller, divisional (wholesale, retail trade)
Traveller, commercial
Representative, sales
Agent, business
Officer, support, sales
Officer, liaison, medical
Representative, medical
Controller, area (retail trade)
Specialist, product
Specialist, computer
Engineer, sales
Agent, commission (wholesale, retail trade)
Manager, territory
Superintendent, sales
Salesman, computer
Consultant, sales
Salesman, fish (wholesale trade)
Salesman, export
Salesman, outside
Engineer, commercial
Merchant (manufacturing)
Agent, commission
Agent, commission (commission agents)
Representative, company
Consultant, technical
Representative, technical
Controller, sales
Representative (electricity supplier)
Salesman (wholesale trade)
Salesman, tea
Engineer, service, sales
Engineer, support, sales
Adviser, technical
Agent (manufacturing)
Supervisor, area (retail trade)
Agent, manufacturer's
Salesman, van (wholesale trade)
Consultant, shipping
Salesman, water, mineral
Representative, sales, technical
Executive, account
Agent, commission (manufacturing)
Salesman, commission
Planner, sales
Executive, sales and marketing
Salesman, technical
Salesman, meat (wholesale trade)
Specialist (animal feeds mfr)
Controller, retail
Representative (wholesale trade)
Engineer, consumers (electricity supplier)
Representative, educational
Consultant, sales and marketing
Salesman, commercial
Salesman, tyre
Representative (manufacturing)
Agent, textile
Consultant, leasing
Salesman, van (manufacturing)
Representative, liaison
Developer, business
Engineer, development, business
Salesman, travelling

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.