Merchandisers and window dressers


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)


Merchandisers and window dressers replenish stocks of goods in stores, advise retailers on the optimum display of merchandise and create displays of merchandise in shop windows.


Entrants typically possess a professional qualification from the British Design Society, or an approved vocational qualification. Candidates usually require GCSEs/S grades. Degrees and apprenticeships are available, as well as NVQs/SVQs in Visual Merchandising at Levels 1 and 2.

Typical tasks

  • monitors stock movements, considers customer requirements and assists customers in completing orders;
  • supplies information about the product to the retailer and sales staff and deals with customer enquiries;
  • consults with advertising and sales staff and advises retailers on the optimal display of a product and of any promotions;
  • implements plans from display designers or display managers or develops ideas and plans for merchandise display or window dressing;
  • prepares area for new display, constructs or assembles displays from a variety of materials, and dismantles existing displays and returns merchandise to relevant departments;
  • provides feedback about displays to senior managers.

Common job titles

Stylist, film
Associate, merchandise
Assistant, display (retail trade:
Stylist, fashion
Manager, merchandise, visual
Supervisor, display
Trimmer, window
Artist, display
Hand, display (retail trade)
Displayman, window
Manager, display
Merchandiser, retail
Dresser, window
Merchandiser, visual
Leader, team
Manager, merchandising, visual
Assistant, merchandising, visual
Assistant, merchandising
Displayman (retail trade)
Executive, merchandising
Stylist, photographic
Merchandiser, sales
Associate, visual (retail trade)
Inspector (window dressing)

Education background

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