Butchers prepare and sell meat and poultry, and make meat products like sausages, burgers and pies.

Day-to-day tasks:

  • buy, order, store and control stock
  • receive deliveries and check their content and hygiene
  • move meat stock to cold storage areas
  • create product displays
  • cut, bone and trim meat
  • serve customers
  • advise customers on how to prepare and cook meat


Supermarket butchers, in an independent high street butchers, or you could work in a food manufacturing factory as a butcher, preparing the food.


You could work in a factory or at a store. Your working environment may be cool and physically demanding. You may need to wear protective clothing and a uniform.

Working Hours

Butchers generally work between 43-45 hours a week, although there are opportunities for part-time work. Many jobs offer part-time work only.

Average Salary

Starting salary £16,000 – £26,000.


You can start as a trainee or assistant butcher and learn on the job. Knowledge of the meat trade or experience in food retailing may help you find a trainee job.

Some employers will want you to have a Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Retail or Catering. This can be taken as a 1-day course and is widely available through colleges and private training providers.

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Butchery
  • Level 2 Certificate or Level 3 Diploma For Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills

Tagged as: [Agri Food and Drink]

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