Sales supervisors


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)


Sales supervisors oversee operations and directly supervise and coordinate the activities of sales and related workers in retail and wholesale establishments.


No minimum academic qualifications are required although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades or A levels/H grades along with relevant work experience. NVQs/SVQs in Retail Operations are available at Levels 1 and 2, and apprenticeships may be available in some areas. Professional qualifications are relevant in some areas of selling and may be an advantage.

Typical tasks

  • directly supervises and coordinates the activities of sales and related workers;
  • establishes and monitors work schedules to meet sales and productivity targets;
  • liaises with managers and other departments to resolve operational problems;
  • determines or recommends staffing and other needs to meet sales and productivity targets;
  • reports as required to managerial staff on departmental activities.

Common job titles

Foreman, dairy (retail trade)
Foreman (petrol station)
Supervisor, sales (retail trade: delivery round)
Supervisor, trade (retail trade)
Manager, trading (retail trade)
Foreman, shop (retail trade)
Foreman, rounds
Supervisor, retail
Supervisor, market
Manager, provisions
Foreman (retail trade)
Manager, product (retail trade)
Supervisor, telesales
Manager, line (retail trade)
Supervisor, produce
Manager, concessions
Manager, floor (retail, wholesale trade)
Controller, till
Manager, replenishment
Supervisor, kiosk (retail trade)
Leader, team, telesales
Manager, counter (retail trade)
Manager, depot (wholesale, retail trade)
Manager, produce (retail trade)
Supervisor, cash (retail trade)
Supervisor, room, show
Manager, clothing (retail trade)
Supervisor, centre, service (electricity supplier)
Supervisor, shop (retail trade)
Manager, forecourt
Manager, counter, trade
Assistant, senior (retail trade)
Walker, floor
Inspector, rounds (wholesale, retail trade)
Manager, grocery
Walker, shop
Manager, parts
Superintendent, floor (department store)
Supervisor, store (retail trade)
Foreman (provision merchants)
Foreman, forecourt
Controller, deli
Manager, food, fresh (retail trade)
Inspector, round (wholesale, retail trade)
Supervisor, check-out
Manager, bakery (retail trade)
Leader, team, operation, sales (retail trade)
Checker (dairy)
Manager, concession
Manager, section (retail trade)
Foreman (dairy: retail trade)
Superintendent (retail trade)
Supervisor (retail, wholesale trade)
Leader, section (retail trade)
Leader, team (retail trade)
Supervisor, counter (wholesale, retail trade)
Supervisor, supermarket
Manager, department (retail trade)
Manager, check-out
Supervisor, sales (retail trade)
Foreman, district (retail trade)

Education background

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