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Shopkeepers and proprietors – wholesale and retail

£8,840 Average salary at age 20
£45,240 Average Salary
74 Average hours per week


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

Main 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.


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.

What Shopkeepers and proprietors – wholesale and retail studied in higher education

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What Shopkeepers and proprietors – wholesale and retail studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(T6) Modern Middle Eastern studies1
(L7) Human & social geography1
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies10
(W7) Crafts1
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology3
(R2) German studies1
(W1) Fine art4
(V3) History by topic2
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music1
(D3) Animal science1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(D4) Agriculture1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies5
(L2) Politics2
(C2) Botany1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic3
(J9) Others in technology1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport2
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering1
(V5) Philosophy1
(L1) Economics5
(K3) Landscape & garden design1
(N1) Business studies9
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(N4) Accounting4
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies6
(V1) History by period2
(N3) Finance4
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science2

UK Prospects

98800 Workforce Size
2.93% Predicted growth 2023 - 2027
26636 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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