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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

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 2018 the National Minimum Wage is £4.20 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £5.90 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.38 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.83 for workers aged 25 and over.

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.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

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
2018
8330
2.8 %
RISE
2023
8560
  United Kingdom
2018
84263
3.4 %
FALL
2023
81519

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

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, 2017).

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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebrc/

Pet Industry Federation (PIF)
Tel: 01234 273933
E-mail: info@petfederation.co.uk
Website: http://www.petcare.org.uk
Twitter: @petfeduk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/petindustryfederation/

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