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Retail offers employees the chance to gain a long-term career, while developing skills through a range of opportunities. There are retail vacancies available across the UK, so whatever your skills or background, there could be a role for you.

Types of roles

If you’re interested in working in retail, there are a range of positions in different areas that you could consider. Some of these roles may need GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) and above, however many employers offer entry level roles and apprenticeships, which may not require these qualifications. The various jobs that could be available to you include:

  • Cashier
  • Sales assistant
  • Retail director
  • Buyer
  • Merchandising executive
  • Retail project manager
  • Designer
  • Logistics manager
  • Store manager

There are plenty of benefits working in the retail sector, including:

  • The wages for entry level roles can be above National Minimum Wage, and management roles can exceed £40,000 per year.
  • There’s a diverse, inclusive, and accessible workforce which enables many jobseekers across the UK to apply for a role.
  • Many retail positions offer part-time and flexible working hours.
  • Training can be provided in most roles, which means you have the opportunity to progress quickly within your career.
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Desirable skills

The main things that employers look for are customer service skills, communication, resilience, problem solving skills and the ability to work within a team.

You may not need qualifications or experience in a previous role to gain a job in retail, and the transferable skills you can offer count for a lot.

Learn more about skills for work options.

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