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:


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

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £4.81 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over.

With experience, this may rise to around £10.00 an hour. There will often be overtime available, especially in summer. Garden centre managers normally earn in the region of £25,000 to £32,000 a year. Some managers working in larger centres may earn £35,000 or more.


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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.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

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



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Retail Consortium (BRC)
Tel: 020 7854 8900
Website (2):
Twitter: @the_brc

Rethink Retail is the careers website for the British Retail Consortium.

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