Trading Standards Officer

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Trading standard officers (TSOs) check up on firms to make sure they are not breaking any trade laws. Enforcement or fair trading officers support them in this work.

The Work

As a trading standards officer you would ensure that traders keep to a wide range of laws in the following areas:

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The average starting salary for a trainee trading standards officer is in the range of £22,00 to £27,000 a year. Salaries for qualified trading standards officers are from around £25,000 to £30,000. Senior trading standards officers may earn around £35,000 to 40,000 a year, with supervisors and managers earning more.


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Getting In

Jobs are available in local authorities and private industries such as food manufacture, retailing or quality control and management.

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You need:


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)
Tel: 01268 582242
Twitter: @ctsi_uk

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