£7,280 Average salary at age 20
£38,480 Average Salary
38 Average hours per week


Retail and wholesale managers and directors plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the operations of major retail and wholesale establishments in order to maximise business performance and meet financial goals.

Main Tasks

  • Appoints staff, assigns tasks and monitors and reviews staff performance;
  • Liaises with other staff to provide information about merchandise, special promotions etc. to customers;
  • Ensures that adequate reserves of merchandise are held and that stock keeping is carried out efficiently;
  • Ensures customer complaints and queries regarding sales and service are appropriately handled;
  • Oversees the maintenance of financial and other records and controls security arrangements for the premises;
  • Authorises payment for supplies received and decides on vending price, discount rates and credit terms;
  • Examines quality of merchandise and ensures that effective use is made of advertising and display facilities.


Entry requirements vary from company to company. Entrants may possess GCSEs/S grades, A levels/H grades, GNVQs/GSVQs, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree or equivalent qualification. Entry is also possible through promotion after gaining sufficient experience. NVQs/SVQs in Retail Operations are available at Level 4.

What Managers and directors in retail and wholesale studied in higher education

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What Managers and directors in retail and wholesale studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography2
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies7
(L3) Sociology3
(C1) Biology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(C8) Psychology4
(W1) Fine art1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies3
(L2) Politics2
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing3
(W4) Drama2
(M1) Law by area2
(M2) Law by topic2
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(V5) Philosophy1
(L1) Economics1
(N1) Business studies13
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(L5) Social work1
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers1
(N4) Accounting2
(C6) Sport & exercise science5
(P3) Media studies2
(N2) Management studies8
(V1) History by period3
(N3) Finance1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science2

UK Prospects

309100 Workforce Size
3.42% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
47517 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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