Pet Shop Assistant

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Pet shop assistants sell animals, such as hamsters and guinea pigs, as well as fish, birds, rabbits, reptiles and insects. They also sell pet food, accessories and bedding.

The Work

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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). At present this is £4.00 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £5.55 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £6.95 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24 (October 2016).

As of 1 April 2016 there is a new National Living Wage (NLW) of £7.20 for workers 25 and over. The NMW still applies to those 24 and under, although some organisations offer the NLW to all employees, regardless of age.

With experience, this can rise to £7.50 an hour. Supervisors or assistant managers may earn between £18,000 and £20,000 a year. Managers may earn around £25,000 to £30,000 a year.


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More Information

There are some 3,500 pet shops and around 600 specialist aquatic centres in the UK, employing some 15,000 people. (Pet Industry Federation website, 2016).


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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

People 1st - National Skills Academy for Retail
Twitter: @p1stgroup

Pet Industry Federation (PIF)
Tel: 01234 273933
Twitter: @petfeduk

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