Sales assistant

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Sales assistants serve and assist customers in shops, supermarkets and department stores.
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What does a sales assistant do?

Sales assistants serve and assist customers in shops, supermarkets and department stores. You could do a variety of jobs in this role, such as working on the customer service desk, working as a cashier behind the tills, or stacking shelves – known as replenishment.

You need to have good communication skills and an understanding of customer service. If you’re working on tills, basic numeracy is also useful.


What do I need to do to become a sales assistant?

You do not need any specific qualifications to become a sales assistant, though many stores ask for maths and English at GCSE level. 


Related skills

  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Numeracy
  • Teamwork

Related subjects

  • Business studies
  • English

Desirable qualifications

  • GCSE English
  • GCSE maths

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