Petrol Service Sales Assistant Careers

How to become a Petrol Service Sales Assistant

What does a Petrol Service Sales Assistant do?

Petrol service sales assistants, or forecourt assistants, spend most of their time at a cash desk dealing with sales transactions and working a console which dispenses petrol from the forecourt. The work includes operating a till and handling payments by cash, cheque and credit card. Assistants also answer customers' queries and give directions to motorists.

They may also be involved in other aspects of the retail side of the business, including displaying stock, stocktaking, keeping service areas clean and tidy and receiving deliveries.

In petrol stations with attended service, assistants may refill customers' cars, but this is becoming increasingly rare.

What's the working environment like working as a Petrol Service Sales Assistant?

Petrol service stations have long opening hours, with many being open 24 hours, so shifts, including some nights, weekends and bank holidays, are usual. Part-time work is common.

The majority of the shift is spent inside the shop. Most assistants work alone, or sometimes with one other person.

What does it take to become a Petrol Service Sales Assistant?

To be a petrol sales assistant you should:

  • enjoy working without supervision
  • enjoy working with the public
  • be accurate and able to handle money
  • be trustworthy and security conscious
  • be aware of health and safety regulations.

Petrol Service Sales Assistant Career Opportunities

There are around 12,000 petrol stations across the UK, although there are more in towns and cities. Staff turnover tends to be high, so there are regular vacancies.

It may be possible to progress to supervisory or management positions.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Petrol Service Sales Assistant that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Vacancies are advertised in local newspapers and jobcentres.

Cogent SSC Ltd
Minerva House
Bruntland Road
AB12 4QL
Tel: 01224 787800

Facts and Stats:

  • Napoleon Bonaparte once called England a "nation of shopkeepers".

  • Consumer expenditure per head in the UK is £8,053.

  • The phrase "The customer is always right", was coined by H Gordon Selfridge.

  • The annual sales of digestive biscuits, if stacked on top of each other, would reach 275 miles high That's 4,500 times the height of Nelson's Column or 1,400 times the height of the Eiffel Tower.

  • Britain's first department store was Selfridges, which was opened in 1909.

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