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Garden Centre Assistant

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Garden centre assistants work in garden centres, selling plants and related products such as garden tools, furniture and machinery. Some centres may also grow their own plants. The work can be indoors or outdoors.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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

The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2017 the National Minimum Wage is £4.05 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £5.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.05 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.50 for workers aged 25 and over.

With experience, this may rise to around £8.00 an hour and above. There will often be overtime available, especially in summer. Garden centre managers normally earn in the region of £25,000 to £30,000 a year. Some managers working in larger centres may earn £35,000 or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You can find work in a small or large garden centre, or in large DIY stores that have a garden centre.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
116417
0.3 %
FALL
2022
116050
  United Kingdom
2017
1334282
0.7 %
FALL
2022
1325207

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Large garden centre chains, like Dobbie's, Klondyke and Calders, advertise vacancies on their websites. Vacancies also come up in large DIY superstores such as B&Q and Homebase.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Retail Consortium (BRC)
Tel: 020 7854 8900
E-mail: info@brc.org.uk
Website: http://www.brc.org.uk
Twitter: @the_brc

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