Home Explore Industries Sales & Retail


The Sales and Retail Industry employs a large amount of people in the UK.

Sales jobs can be found across many different industries including insurance, finance, manufacturing, retail, agricultural, pharmaceuticals and many more. You could be selling loans, credit cards, houses, cars, insurance, industrial equipment, lawn mowers to name a few.

Selling can be split into the following categories:

  • Retail - Sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities
  • Telesales - A service that sells products or services directly to customers by telephone.
  • Business to Business - Sales made between two businesses such as a manufacturer and a wholesaler or wholesaler and a retailer.
  • Export Sales - Selling goods and services that are to be shipped out of the country

A sales career can offer high rewards but can be very challenging, often working under pressure to meet targets. It is also very competitive, many companies will offer a basic salary plus commission which could be based on meeting the set targets.

If you are confident, optimistic, you have empathy with others, you love speaking to people and you want an exciting, dynamic career with the potential for high earnings, a career in sales could be for you.

Have a look at the different sectors below to see what options are out there for you.

Did You Know?
It is believed that the UK’s oldest store is in Boxford. Boxford Stores is believed to have been in use since the early 15th century.

4 Videos

John Grose
Visit Profile
Ian Twinley
Adnams plc
Visit Profile
Adnams Brewing Process
Marriott Motor Group
Visit Profile
Callum Baker
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
Visit Profile
Venturefest East 2016
View all Videos

2 Sectors in this industry

4 Organisations in this industry

View all Organisations in this industry

6 Posts

Save Post
Interested in getting into retail?
Marks and Spencer have partnered up with The Prince’s Trust again this year to support Young People into employment. This Retail opportunity is for young people aged 16-25, Not in Education, Employment or Training (or working fewer than 16 hours a week) and...
Read More
Save Post
Pharmacy Apprentice
Closing Date:
14th March 2018
Holbrook, Suffolk
Holbrook and Shotley are a busy but friendly, rural GP practice. They have two sites at Holbrook and Shotley and dispense around 15,000 items per week. They have an exciting opportunity for an apprentice to join the team.
Read More
Save Post
Experienced florist vacancy
Norwich, Norfolk
Elizabeths The Florists
Read More
Save Post
Hethel, Norfolk
Hethel Innovation are looking to recruit a network co-ordinator into their small team who operate Innovation New Anglia; a project developing the emerging low carbon, smart and bio economies.
Read More
Save Post
Cafe Assistant
Cafe Assistant - Alton Water Park
Read More
Save Post
At Ransomes Jacobsen®, we take a “quality-comes-first” approach to everything we do. This not only elevates the performance of our products, it also helps create a positive, family-oriented work environment.
Read More
View all Posts
My Feed
My Page