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Petrol station sales assistant

Alternative titles for this job include Garage assistant, garage shop assistant, petrol station attendant, filling station attendant

Petrol station sales assistants sell fuel and other items to customers in garage forecourt shops.

Average salary (a year)

£13,500 Starter


£20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

How to become a petrol station sales assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You can learn some of the skills you need for this job by doing a Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Retail Skills.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You may be able to get into this job through a retailer 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 can apply directly to petrol station companies. Some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths. Experience in retail sales, customer service or cash handling will be helpful.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • be over 18 years of age

You may need a driving licence and access to a vehicle if you're working late nights or at a motorway service station.

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On shifts, you will:

  • take cash and card payments for fuel
  • sell products like food, drinks and newspapers
  • re-stock shelves and fridges
  • manage fuel and stock deliveries
  • make basic forecourt and pump safety checks
  • keep forecourt and shop areas clean and tidy

Working environment

You could work at a store.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a shop supervisor then manager. Many petrol station are owned by supermarkets and you may have opportunities to work in the main store.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

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