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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 2018–19 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 – £36,540 plus a car.
  • Majestic Wine: trainee manager – £20,855–£24,690 depending on location.
  • Marks & Spencer: simply food store management programme – £25,000–£28,000.
  • McDonald’s: trainee manager scheme – £22,000–£25,000 depending on location.
  • Mitchells & Butlers: retail graduate scheme – £23,000.
  • Morrisons: retail programme – £27,000.
  • Tesco: stores programme: £28,000.

Graduate starting salaries in buying and merchandising

  • Boots: commercial programme (buying and marketing and pharmacy services) – £26,000.
  • Halfords: commercial scheme (buying, marketing and digital) – £24,000.
  • Lidl: buying graduate management programme – £36,540 plus a car.
  • Marks & Spencer: buying programme and merchandising programme – £25,000.
  • Next: trainee merchandiser and trainee buyer scheme – £21,653.
  • Tesco: food programme and procurement programme – £28,000.
  • TJX Europe (TK Maxx): merchandising and buying programme – £25,000.

Graduate starting salaries in e-commerce and technology

  • Boots: digital programme – £26,000. Software engineering programme – £29,000.
  • Halfords: commercial scheme (buying, marketing and digital) – £24,000.
  • Marks & Spencer: digital programme – £28,000.
  • Morrisons: technology programme – £27,000
  • Next: trainee developer – £21,897.
  • Ocado: engineering and engineering operations programme – £26,000. Software engineering with Ocado Technology – £34,000.
  • Tesco: technology programme, technology cyber security programme, technology software engineering programme and technology product programme – £32,000. Online programme – £28,000.
  • TJX Europe (TK Maxx): information technology – £28,000.

Graduate starting salaries in supply chain/logistics

  • Boots: supply chain programme – £25,000.
  • Lidl: retail graduate management programme (includes a logistics route) – £36,540 plus a car.
  • Marks & Spencer: supply chain and logistics programme – £28,000.
  • Morrisons: logistics and supply chain programme – £27,000.
  • Ocado: logistics design programme and logistics projects programme – £26,000.
  • Tesco: distribution and fulfilment programme – £28,000.
  • TJX Europe (TK Maxx): logistics programme – £25,000.

Graduate starting salaries in product technology

  • Next: trainee fabric technologist – competitive.
  • TJX Europe (TK Maxx): product development programme – £25,000.

Graduate starting salaries in design

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

  • Boots: global brands programme, commercial programme and HR programme – all £26,000.
  • Halfords: commercial scheme – £24,000.
  • Lidl: head office graduate management programme – to be confirmed in December.
  • Marks & Spencer: digital programme, enterprise programme and marketing programme – £28,000.
  • Mitchells and Butlers: HR programme and marketing programme – £27,500.
  • Ocado: operations management programme, general management programme and retail programme – £26,000. HR programme – £24,000.
  • Tesco: marketing programme – £28,000.
  • TJX Europe (TK Maxx): loss prevention programme and marketing programme – £25,000.

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