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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 a Roundsperson. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Working as a roundsperson involves delivering and selling goods and services to homes and businesses, usually by van. This may be on a self-employed basis, or as a franchisee, working for a company and paying a percentage of the earnings to them.

Areas in which roundspeople work include making home deliveries of milk and other dairy items; providing a sandwich service to businesses; selling ice-cream or fast food and running mobile shops selling goods ranging from foodstuffs to books and cleaning products.

The work also involves collecting stock from wholesalers, handling cash and keeping accurate records.

Hours and Environment:

Most roundspeople are self-employed, and although the hours are flexible, they must work at times to suit customers. A 40 - 48 hour working week is common, including evenings and weekends. Part-time work may be available.

Some roundspeople, such as milkmen and women, have a more structured day, although this does involve an early start. Running a mobile shop requires staying in certain places for a set length of time. Some rounds are seasonal, such as those involving fast food and ice cream, and hours will vary.

Skills and Interests:

To be a roundsperson you should:

  • be reliable and focused on the needs of your customers
  • enjoy dealing with the public
  • be well organised, with good time-management skills and some general business skills
  • have basic computer and maths skills
  • be able to keep accurate records and deal with large amounts of cash
  • have a good knowledge of the area in which you work
  • be reasonably fit, able to get up early and be prepared to work in all types of weather.


You do not need academic qualifications to become a roundsperson, but a good basic standard of education, particularly in maths, is useful Some franchising companies may set entry tests.

You will need a full driving licence. Although you can drive from the age of 17, most companies prefer applicants over 21 for insurance purposes.

Experience of work involving driving or sales may be required, but school-leavers under 17 may find work helping with deliveries.


If you are selling fast food, you will need a licence to trade from your local environmental health department. You will also need a food hygiene certificate.

A number of relevant NVQs/SVQs are available, including Customer Service and Sales at Levels 2 and 3.

Many roundspeople train on-the-job; others working as franchisees, such as milkmen and women, are often given specific training about their job and the products they are selling. They may also shadow a more experienced roundsperson.

Some franchising companies hold seminars to upgrade skills. This can include ongoing product training, training in new technology, and courses in computing and running a small business.

For self-employed roundspeople, courses may be available at local colleges, covering areas such as selling techniques, book-keeping and other skills needed to run a business.


Possible employers include wholesale distributors, manufacturing firms, service companies and dairies.

There is a steady demand for franchisees all over the UK. Taking on a franchise will usually involve putting in some money yourself.

Annual Income:

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

The income for roundspeople starts at around £10,000. More experienced roundspeople can earn around £15,000. Some roundspeople may earn £20,000 or more.

Some franchisers may offer commission for meeting certain targets in terms of sales and new customers.

Further information:

British Franchise Association
Thames View
Newtown Road
Tel: 01491 578050


(Food and Drink Sector Skills Council)
1 Green St
Tel: 020 7355 0830

Dairy Training and Development Council
19 Cornwall Terrace
Tel: 020 7486 7244

Other Useful Roundsperson Work Information

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