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Starting salaries for retail graduate schemes in 2018

Retail graduate salaries: which retail employer pays the most?

Which supermarket chain will give you £44,000 and an Audi? Will you get paid more as a buyer or a store manager? TARGETjobs Retail investigates graduate starting salaries.

The retail sector is more willing than many other graduate recruitment sectors to share details of its salaries. This gives you the chance to compare graduate schemes. Scroll down for our list of the pay packets given by top retailers; it's organised by retail career (salaries are for the 2019–20 round of recruitment).

Graduate starting salaries in retail management

  • Aldi: area manager graduate training programme – £44,000 plus an Audi A4.
  • Halfords: retail scheme – £24,000.
  • Farmfoods: management development programme – £22,000.
  • Lidl: retail graduate management programme – £37,000 plus a car.
  • Marks & Spencer: retail management programme – £24,000 plus location allowance where applicable.
  • McDonald’s: trainee manager scheme –– £22,000–£25,000 depending on location.
  • Tesco: stores programme: £28,000.

Graduate starting salaries in buying and merchandising

  • Boots: commercial programme (buying and marketing) – £26,000.
  • Lidl: buying graduate management programme – £37,000 plus a car.
  • Tesco: food programme and procurement programme – £28,000.

Graduate starting salaries in e-commerce and technology

  • Boots: digital programme – £26,000. Software engineering programme – £29,000.
  • Tesco: technology programme, technology cyber security programme, technology software engineering programme and technology product programme – £32,000.

Graduate starting salaries in supply chain/logistics

  • Boots: supply chain programme – £26,000.
  • Lidl: retail graduate management programme (includes a logistics route) – £37,000 plus a car.
  • Tesco: distribution and fulfilment programme – £28,000.

Graduate starting salaries in retailers’ general business (commercial) schemes

  • Boots: global brands programme and commercial programme – £26,000.
  • Marks & Spencer: enterprise programme – £28,000.
  • Mitchells and Butlers: marketing programme – £27,500.
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