Checkout operators fill approximately fifty per cent of supermarket jobs. However, many supermarkets employ supervisors and managers in a number of higher-paid positions, including sales supervisor, food preparation supervisor, assistant manager and shop manager. Although checkout operators average fewer than 30 hours weekly, most supervisors work at least full time. Factors affecting their average salaries include the type of supervisory position and the job location.
Supermarket supervisors typically earn £13,000 to £16,000 per year, according to 2014 figures from the UK's National Careers Service. Some checkout supervisors get benefits such as bonuses, staff discounts or subsidised canteen meals.
Most supervisors start in more junior jobs and work their way up through the ranks. The starting salary for such positions is around £11,000 per year, according to the National Careers Service.
Supervisors usually work up to 40 hours a week. You may also have to put in shifts during bank holidays, weekends and evenings. Core hours for supermarkets are between 8am and 10pm but some open 24 hours a day.
Salaries can vary by area. Supervisors in London and the South East usually earn more than those in other areas of the United Kingdom.
Formal qualifications aren't always required for supervisor jobs, particularly for those promoted from within the supermarket. You will need numeracy and communication skills and some firms may want GCSEs in English and maths.
Supermarkets like to see great people skills and enthusiasm, and it would help you if you have customer service experience.