Florists

£18,720

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

29

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

1.15%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Florists sell flowers and related products in a wholesale or retail business, and design and make up floral bouquets, wreaths, tributes and other floral arrangements for sale to the public.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may request GCSEs/S grades. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in Floristry are available at Levels 2 and 3. Professional qualifications are also available.

Typical tasks

  • orders and purchases fresh flowers, foliage and other floristry items such as ribbons, wire, cards, artificial flowers etc. from wholesalers or growers;
  • displays and cares for flowers, plants and ready-made floral arrangements in selling premises;
  • designs and makes up wreaths, bouquets, posies, corsages, headdresses and button holes using appropriate flowers, foliage, frame and trimmings;
  • confers with and advises customers regarding their design requirements and arranges for the delivery of floral arrangements as requested by the customer;
  • decorates buildings, halls, churches or other facilities for parties, weddings, etc.;
  • sells flowers, plants, foliage etc. to the public and performs retail duties such as keeping accounts.

Common job titles

Assistant, floral
Florist
Designer, floral
Arranger, floral
Arranger, flower
Decorator, floral
Maker, wreath, artificial
Artist, floral
Technician, floral
Florist, artificial