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Fishmonger Fish seller

Fishmongers sell fish and seafood products, and advise customers on how to prepare them.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £21,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but a good standard of general education, including maths and English, may be useful. Some employers may ask for a food hygiene certificate, although you can often get this on the job.

Previous retail or customer service experience may also be helpful. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Seafish has more information about working in the seafood industry.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • communication skills
  • teamworking skills
  • maths skills 

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • taking deliveries from suppliers
  • moving stock to and from cold storage areas
  • setting out produce in display cabinets
  • advising customers about different types of fish, and cooking methods
  • preparing orders for shop customers and restaurants
  • taking payments
  • keeping work areas clean
  • ordering stock from wholesalers

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £17,000

Experienced: £17,000 to £21,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week, Monday to Saturday. You’ll start early if you’re picking up stock from wholesalers.

You’ll work in a shop or on a market stall, and you’ll be provided with a uniform.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and training you could become an assistant manager in a supermarket, a seafood chef or set up your own business.
You could also move into seafood wholesaling, supplying shops and restaurants.

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Last updated: 13 December 2016