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Retail jeweller Jeweller

Retail jewellers promote and sell a range of jewellery to customers.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in subjects like English and maths, art or design and technology.

Retail or customer care experience might be helpful.

Doing a retail or business course at college could teach you some of the skills you'll need.
 
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • patience, accuracy and attention to detail
  • maths skills
  • practical skills and good hand-eye coordination

3. What you'll do

You’ll sell a range of products from precious metals and gems to fashion accessories, watches, clocks and silverware. 

You might work in stores owned by large high street retailers, or in independent jewellers.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • arranging displays in windows and show cabinets
  • advising customers on products 
  • taking payments for goods, and issuing receipts and guarantees
  • meeting sales targets
  • using IT systems to manage customer accounts and control stock

You might also:

  • gift wrap goods
  • carry out repairs and adjustments
  • provide a jewellery cleaning service
  • value precious metals, jewellery, clocks and watches for insurance or sale purposes
  • design and make items

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £22,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: Up to £35,000

You’ll usually earn commission on what you sell.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, including weekends, on a rota system. Overtime and part-time work are common.

The work can be physically demanding.

You’ll usually wear a uniform.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to specialist repairs, store management or buying.

You could open your own business. 

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Last updated: 18 August 2017