£9,360 Average salary at age 20
£17,160 Average Salary
32 Average hours per week


Florists sell flowers and related products in a wholesale or retail business, and design and make up floral bouquets, wreaths, tributes and other floral arrangements for sale to the public.

Main Tasks

  • Orders and purchases fresh flowers, foliage and other floristry items such as ribbons, wire, cards, artificial flowers etc. from wholesalers or growers;
  • Displays and cares for flowers, plants and ready-made floral arrangements in selling premises;
  • Designs and makes up wreaths, bouquets, posies, corsages, headdresses and button holes using appropriate flowers, foliage, frame and trimmings;
  • Confers with and advises customers regarding their design requirements and arranges for the delivery of floral arrangements as requested by the customer;
  • Decorates buildings, halls, churches or other facilities for parties, weddings, etc.;
  • Sells flowers, plants, foliage etc. to the public and performs retail duties such as keeping accounts.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may request GCSEs/S grades. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in Floristry are available at Levels 2 and 3. Professional qualifications are also available.

UK Prospects

13000 Workforce Size
4.77% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
1059 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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