Garage managers and proprietors


Average Annual Pay

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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Garage managers and proprietors plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the day-to-day running of garages and specialist vehicle maintenance and repair establishments.


There are no pre-set entry requirements, although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades or vocational qualifications such as Automotive NVQs/SVQs at level 3. Off- and on-the-job training is provided.

Typical tasks

  • determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term requirements;
  • ensures that necessary spare parts, materials and equipment are available or obtainable at short notice;
  • arranges for maintenance staff to perform necessary maintenance and repair work on vehicles or motorcycles;
  • checks completed work for compliance with safety and other statutory regulations;
  • maintains records of repair work to detect recurrent faults;
  • provides information about garage merchandise for staff and customers;
  • ensures the business accounts are maintained.

Common job titles

Manager (garage)
Manager, production (garage)
Director, garage
Manager, bodyshop (vehicle trades)
Manager, service, motorcycles
Manager, engineering (public transport)
Owner, garage
Principal, dealer
Manager, workshop (garage)
Manager, garage
Manager, branch (garage)
Manager, depot, tyre
Owner (garage)
Owner (motor vehicles repairing)
Dealer, principal
Manager (tyre dealers)
Manager (repairing: motor vehicles)
Manager, shop, body (vehicle trades)