Shopkeepers and proprietors – wholesale and retail

£49,920

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

40

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

1.10%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Shopkeepers and proprietors in this unit group co-ordinate, direct and undertake the activities in the running of small, independent retail and wholesale establishments.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic entry requirements. A range of management and leadership courses in retail is available, in addition to NVQs/ SVQs in at Levels 2, 3 and 4.

Typical tasks

  • defines the market position for the business, decides what to sell, forecasts demand and develops the brand image of the business;
  • determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term requirements;
  • oversees staff training, rotas and the allocation of work;
  • provides information about merchandise to staff and customers and ensures customer complaints are appropriately dealt with;
  • ensures that adequate reserves of merchandise are held and orders new stock as required;
  • maintains financial and other shop records and controls security arrangements for the premises;
  • authorises payment for supplies received and decides on vending price and credit terms;
  • examines quality of merchandise and ensures that effective use is made of advertising and display facilities.

Common job titles

Owner, centre, garden
Dealer, car
Draper
Haberdasher
Owner (milk delivery round)
Merchant, coal
Fruiterer
Merchant, timber
Victualler, licensed
Seller, book, antiquarian
Chandler
Clothier and outfitter
Holder, stock, steel
Owner (post office)
Owner (retail trade)
Merchant, agricultural
Owner, shop, retail
Owner, shop, butcher's
Furrier (retail trade)
Milliner (wholesale, retail trade)
Trader, motor
Dealer, antiques
Retailer, fashion
Dealer, tyre
Manager (retail trade: mobile shop)
Trader, eBay
Factor, motor
Factor, coal
Bookseller, antiquarian
Merchant, potato
Owner, store, general
Ironmonger
Furnisher (retail trade)
Seller, map
Owner (butchers)
Hosier and haberdasher
Mercer
Dealer, art
Vendor, horsemeat
Dealer, pig
Licensee (off-licence)
Shopkeeper
Cheesemonger
Owner (petrol station)
Stationer
Stockholder, steel
Jeweller (retail trade)
Dealer, sheep
Tailor, merchant
Merchant, fish
Dealer, stamp
Merchant, builders'
Dealer, livestock
Agent, newspaper
Owner (wholesale trade)
Merchant, wine
Owner (fishmongers)
Clothier (retail trade)
Owner, shop, florist
Owner (garden centre)
Dealer, motor
Specialist, book, antiquarian
Dealer, accessories, motor
Keeper, store, general
Dealer, cattle
Owner (street stall)
Hosier
Dealer, antique
Dealer (wholesale, retail trade)
Owner (florists)
Agent, news
Owner (pet shop)
Trader (retail trade)
Merchant, glass
Dealer, poultry
Owner (retail pharmacy)
Distributor (wholesale, retail trade)
Newsagent
Owner (off-licence)
Retailer, fish
Hatter (retail trade)
Retailer
Owner (general store)
Confectioner and tobacconist
Keeper, stall, book
Supplier (wholesale, retail trade)
Numismatist
Owner, station, filling
Dealer, store, marine
Seedsman (retail trade)
Off-licensee
Owner (filling station)
Dealer, game
Philatelist
Wholesaler
Owner (delicatessen)
Outfitter (retail trade)
Jeweller, retail
Keeper, store, drug
Dealer, book
Grocer
Tobacconist
Owner, station, petrol
Seller, eBay
Greengrocer
Owner, store, drug

Education background

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