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Petrol station sales assistant Garage assistant, garage shop assistant

Petrol station sales assistants sell fuel and other items to customers in garage forecourt shops.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £11,000 to £20,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths could help you get a job. Retail sales or customer service experience could also help.

You could get into this career through a retail apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • maths skills to handle payments
  • excellent communication skills
  • customer service skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • taking cash and card payments for fuel
  • selling other products like food, drinks and newspapers
  • re-stocking shelves and fridges
  • managing fuel and stock deliveries
  • keeping forecourt and shop areas clean and tidy

4. Salary

Starter: £11,000 to £15,000

Experienced: £15,000 to £20,000 (shop manager)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. Some petrol stations are open 24 hours a day, so you may work evenings, nights and weekends.

You'll spend most of your time inside the shop, serving customers.

You'll need your own transport to get to work if the petrol station is open outside public transport hours, or is in a rural area or motorway services.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to shop supervisor then manager. Many petrol station are owned by supermarkets and you may have opportunities to work in the store.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017