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Builders' merchant

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Builders' merchants sell building and do-it-yourself products and materials to the building trade and the public.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become a builders' merchant

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through a trade supplier intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You could apply directly to work as a builders' merchant. You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including maths and English. Experience in construction, warehousing or retail could be helpful.

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Further information

You can find out more about working as a builders' merchant from Building Materials Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • physical skills like lifting, bending and carrying
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have forklift truck driver training for some jobs

For some jobs you'll need to have a C1 licence to drive trucks up to 7.5 tonnes.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you could:

  • give product information to customers
  • load and unload deliveries by hand or with a forklift truck
  • process orders and handle payments
  • move goods to storage areas
  • put orders together and organise deliveries
  • advise customers about which materials to use
  • complete stock control paperwork or update computerised stock lists

Working environment

You could work at a builder's yard or at a store.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to supervisor or manager.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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