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Builders Merchant Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Builders Merchant. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Builders Merchant
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Builders Merchant Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Builders merchants or Do-It-Yourself (DIY) store workers sell building and DIY products to the building trade and the general public. They sell timber; materials for building; painting and decorating; electrical and plumbing supplies; hand and power tools; gardening equipment; iron mongery; kitchen and bathroom units and associated products.

Workers give information on products; direct customers around the store, warehouse or yard; and advise on the suitability of materials for a particular use. They may lift goods and load/unload vehicles, manually or with lift trucks.

Senior posts involve staff management, planning, purchasing, producing price lists, stock control, health and safety and related activities.

Hours and Environment:

Builders merchants usually open early, and staff are likely to start work by 8 am. Large DIY outlets are open seven days a week. Many DIY outlets open for extended hours on weekdays and may open on Sundays. Shift work may be required. Part-time work is very common.

Builders merchants may have to stand for long periods of time and the work may involve lifting or carrying heavy items.

Staff often wear uniforms. Those who move heavy items may also need protective footwear, which is usually provided by the employer.

Skills and Interests:

To be a builders merchant or DIY store worker, you should:

  • have specialist knowledge of an area such as painting and decorating or woodwork
  • have good communication skills for advising customers
  • have basic numeracy skills for taking measurements, making calculations and handling cash
  • have reasonably good written skills
  • be punctual, reliable and honest
  • have stamina and be physically fit
  • have a friendly and helpful personality
  • have a neat and tidy appearance.


There are no minimum entry requirements, but it may help to have some GCSEs/S grades particularly in English and maths, or a relevant NVQ/SVQ.

Experience in the construction industry or in selling may be an advantage when applying for work, and a driving and/or fork lift truck licence may also be useful.


As a trainee you will usually be given on-the-job training, supplemented in the larger stores by formal in-house training schemes.

There are NVQs/SVQs in Distribution, Warehousing and Storage Operations at levels 2 and 3; Sales at levels 2 and 3; Customer Service at levels 2 and 3; and Retail Operations at levels 2 and 3. The Builders̢۪ Merchants Federation offers courses and support leading to these qualifications.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


Builders merchants and DIY stores are located across the UK. Builders'' merchants depend largely on the construction industry, and as a result fewer jobs are available in times of recession when building work slows down. However, such times encourage more people to tackle jobs in the home themselves, so DIY stores tend to prosper.

The larger DIY stores and builders'' merchants, which have increased in number in recent years, are usually situated in out-of-town superstores. There has been a decline in the number of smaller merchants, and those that remain tend to specialise in a particular type of product such as timber or painting and decorating. Recent changes in planning regulations may lead to a resurgence in the number of builders̢۪ merchants in newly built trade parks.

Larger employers tend to recruit on a regular basis. Part-time vacancies are usually available with both large and small employers.

Working for one of the larger merchants usually offers more secure job prospects, and many of them provide training, or help with training, to enable staff to progress to supervisory and management positions.

Annual Income:

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Builders merchants and DIY store workers start on around £8,000.
Experienced staff may earn £10,000.
Experienced staff with relevant qualifications may earn up to £12,000.

Some employers may pay overtime rates for working shifts and weekends, or reward staff with bonus payments based on sales or profitability.

Further information:

Builders Merchants Federation
15 Soho Square
Tel: 0870 901 3380

Other Useful Builders Merchant Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Builders Merchant job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Builders Merchant Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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