Retail jeweller

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Figures and forecasts for roles at the same level, which require similar skills and qualifications.

Average UK salary

£49,920

Currently employed in Scotland

11,400

Five year job forecast

+4.72%

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What's it like?

You would promote and sell a range of jewellery to shop customers.

You could work in a store owned by a high street chain or a luxury brand, or in a small, independent shop.

You would:

  • Put together window and cabinet displays
  • Give customers advice
  • Build relationships with customers for repeat business
  • Take payments, and issue receipts and guarantees
  • Meet weekly and monthly sales targets
  • Use a computer to manage customer accounts and stock

You might also:

  • Gift wrap goods
  • Mend, adjust and clean jewellery
  • Value items for insurance or sale purposes

As an independent or craft jeweller, you may also design and make the items you sell.

Working conditions

Hours

You’ll typically work 37 to 40 hours a week, including weekends, on a rota system. Opportunities for overtime and part-time work are common.

Environment

You’ll be based in a shop and spend most of your day standing up. You’ll need to give a good first impression to customers, which includes being smart and possibly wearing a uniform.

UK employment status

Full-time

30%

Part-time

7%

Self employed

63%

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  • Positive attitude
  • Attention to detail
  • Recalling
  • Verbal communication
  • Cooperating
  • Respecting
  • Working with numbers

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Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but most employers value a good general education including English and maths and some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF levels 4 to 6.

You can enter some National Certificate or National Qualification courses (SCQF 5-6) with no formal qualifications but most courses ask for National 4/5 qualifications (SCQF level 4/5).

Useful subjects

  • English (required by most employers)
  • Maths (required by most employers)
  • Business 
  • Social studies
  • ICT

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show good customer service skills and levels of numeracy such as Skills for Work Retailing (SCQF level 5) or a National Certificate/National Qualification in Retail (SCQF 5-6) offer a good introduction to the sector.

Relevant work-based qualifications, such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Retail (SVQ level 2/3) or the Professional Jewellers' Diploma issued by the National Association of Goldsmiths, or be willing to work towards these qualifications once in a job.