Fishmongers sell fish and seafood products, and advise customers on how to prepare them.

Annual Salary

£14,000 to £21,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • taking deliveries from suppliers
  • moving stock to and from cold storage areas
  • setting out produce in display cabinets
  • advising customers about different types of fish, and cooking methods
  • preparing orders for shop customers and restaurants
  • taking payments
  • keeping work areas clean
  • ordering stock from wholesalers

There are no set entry requirements, but a good standard of general education, including maths and English, may be useful. Some employers may ask for a food hygiene certificate, although you can often get this on the job.

Previous retail or customer service experience may also be helpful. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Seafish has more information about working in the seafood industry.

£14,000 to £21,000

Starter salary: £14,000 to £17,000

Experienced salary: £17,000 to £21,000

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week, Monday to Saturday. You’ll start early if you’re picking up stock from wholesalers.

You’ll work in a shop or on a market stall, and you’ll be provided with a uniform.

With experience and training you could become an assistant manager in a supermarket, a seafood chef or set up your own business.


You could also move into seafood wholesaling, supplying shops and restaurants.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • communication skills
  • teamworking skills
  • maths skills 
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