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Salary: £15500.00 to £40000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week
Description: Bakers make bread, cakes and pastries using machines or by hand.
Salary: £15500.00 to £30000.00 average per year
Hours: 38 to 42 per week
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Salary: £15500.00 to £21000.00 average per year
Hours: 37 to 40 per week
Description: Fishmongers sell fish and seafood products, and advise customers on how to prepare them.
Salary: £15500.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 38 - 40 hours per week
Description: A food processor sees the production of raw ingredients into a finished meal, usually in a factory environment. You may be freezing, canning, baking, drying, cooking, chilling or pasteurising ingredients and products.
Salary: £20000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week
Description: You will be advising food processors on the safe presentation, preparation and storage of food. You will investigate food related illnesses and inspect food producing premises.
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Hours: 35 - 40 per week
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Salary: £18000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: 35 - 40 per week
Description: You will be planning and selecting fresh food from producers to sell in retail outlets. You will take into account market trends and quality of the product. You will visit your suppliers regularly to ensure standards are maintained and the product remains competitive.

Fishmonger/Fish seller

Salary: £15500.00 to £21000.00 average per year
Hours: 37 to 40 per week
Description: Fishmongers sell fish and seafood products, and advise customers on how to prepare them.

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.

Skills Required

  • Communication skills
  • Teamworking skills
  • Maths skills

Typical Day

Your day-to-day duties could include:

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

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.

Career Path

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.

Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor