Retail Salary Surveys

Pay and Benefits Benchmarking Information for the Retail Sector

The Alan Jones Retail pay and benefits surveys have been providing the sector with up-to-date information on pay and benefits for over 20 years. The surveys cover jobs ranging from Head of Buying to Sales Assistant at entry level. This is a UK-wide survey with an analysis tailored to the industry and also to the jobs (Head Office/Area Management/Stores) in order to provide subscribers with invaluable insight into the retail pay market.

Retail Salary Surveys Surveys feature:

  • Large & stable sample
  • Retail Head Office - over 300 benchmark roles in 39 functions
  • Retail Pay Data - Store Management, Area & Regional Managers, Sales Assisants & Team Leaders
  • Online and individually tailored analysis results
  • Benefits data

The Retail Salary & Benefits Survey covers a very wide range of benchmark jobs in head office functions and in retail stores, all of which have been selected and audited by HR professionals in the Retail Industry. There are over 300 jobs in a large number of functions including:

  • Buying
  • Merchandising
  • Technologists
  • Finance
  • Payroll
  • HR
  • Learning & Development
  • Legal
  • Property
  • Projects
  • Creative
  • PR/Communications
  • Customer Insight
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Fashion Design
  • Facilities Management
  • Loss Protection
  • Risk & Insurance
  • Internal Audit
  • Procurement
  • Supply Chain
  • Depot/Stores
  • Secretarial
  • Occupational Health
  • Health & Safety
  • Customer Service
  • Retail Operational Support
  • Non-fashion Design
  • Studio
  • Business to Business
  • IT
  • Pensions
  • Trainees (Apprentices, School Leavers, Graduates)
  • eCommerce

The Retail section of the survey has its own analysis (varying by job) and covers:

  • Area & Regional Management
  • Store Managers, Assistant Managers, Department Managers, Team Leaders, Sales Assistants
  • Delivery Drivers & Warehouse

The survey shows data on basic pay, bonus and company cars/cash allowances for all job matches made by all of the all retailers in the survey. The data is then broken down into subsets to enable participants to be sure they are comparing like with like. The subset analysis shows jobs grouped according to:

  • Turnover with tailored analysis of turnover vs salary for Store Manager, Assistant Manager, Department Manager, Area Manager, Regional Manager
  • Location
  • Sector, i.e. sector within Retail, e.g. Supermarket, High St Fashion.
  • NEW: gender analysis
  • NEW: job level analysis

The Retail Salary & Benefits Survey is run continuously and is for participants only. Any retailer/e-tailer with UK job matches is eligible to join. The survey is paid for by participant subscription which covers:

  • Customised annual Excel/PDF copy of the survey analysis supplied to suit participant's own review schedule
  • Online survey results updated monthly; whole survey download now available
  • Benefits review results available online at all times
  • Pay review survey free to survey participants: statistical analysis of past and anticipated pay movements, geographical analysis plus sector specific analysis
  • Access to Alan Jones HR Policy Surveys free of charge

Further details on this survey (participating companies, job descriptions, questionnaires, price, etc.) are available on application to Alan Jones & Associates.


Retail Benefits Information Survey features:

The benefits questionnaire is online and can be accessed from your customised survey services homepage. It is available to any organisation taking part in the Retail Salary Survey. The benefits section of the Retail Salary & Benefits Survey covers:

  • Contractual hours
  • Holiday entitlement including holiday with service, buying and selling holiday
  • Sick pay including sick pay at start of employment and then as accrued with service
  • Permanent/prolonged health insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Pension schemes: defined benefit, defined contribution, stakeholder
  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Optical insurance
  • Share schemes
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption pay/leave policies
  • Flexible benefits
  • Long service awards

Participants must submit their benefits information to access this section of the Retail survey.

Further details on the all of our Retail surveys are available on application to Alan Jones & Associates.

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