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Visual Merchandiser

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Visual merchandisers, sometimes known as display designers, arrange attractive displays of goods, in a shop window or in the shop itself. They may also be involved in business aspects, such as monitoring sales and analysing figures.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified visual merchandisers in the UK tend to be in the range of £18,000 to £23,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £29,000 a year and visual merchandising managers can earn up to £45,000 a year.

Some visual merchandisers work freelance. They charge a fee which varies depending on the display.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Entry is competitive. You could work for department stores, chain stores or independent shops. You might also work for design companies, carrying out projects for different clients. You might find opportunities in film and TV work, in museums, in airports, tourist centres or in visitor attractions. Jobs may be advertised in your local Jobcentre Plus office and on the Universal Jobmatch website.

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
2966
1.3 %
FALL
2022
2929
  United Kingdom
2017
61706
0.5 %
RISE
2022
62036

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Getting work as a freelance visual merchandiser depends on becoming well known and established. If you work freelance you must work to build up contacts and keep regularly in touch with them. This can take some time.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: edinburgh@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
E-mail: info@designcouncil.org.uk
Website: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/
Twitter: @designcouncil
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesignCouncil

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Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display

Photography