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Stock control assistant

Stock control assistants keep track of stock levels and make sure there are enough supplies to meet customer demand.

Annual Salary

£13,500 to £30,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

40 to 42 a week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm; on shifts

Future employment

There will be 2.3% fewer Stock control assistant jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

On a typical day you could:

  • make sure paperwork is correctly filled out
  • check stock levels and order new stock
  • update stock information on computer systems
  • receive deliveries
  • move stock with a forklift truck
  • make sure orders are despatched on time
  • answer customer enquiries online, over the phone and face-to-face
  • carry out spot checks and audits

Working environment

You could work in a stock room or in a warehouse.

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

You could start by doing a retailer or warehouse operative intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

You could work in a shop, parts department or distribution depot and move into stock control through internal promotion.

Direct application

You'll usually need GCSEs in English and maths to apply directly for jobs. Experience in retail or warehouse work may give you an advantage.

It can be useful to have some IT skills or experience of using online stock management software.

More information

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You could become a stock supervisor or manager. In these jobs, you would lead a team, forecast stock levels and work closely with suppliers.

You could also work as a retail buyer, looking at consumer trends and selecting which products your company will sell.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
  • active listening skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • concentration skills
  • 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
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