What is a Butcher? The School Leaver Guide
What is a Butcher?
Butchers prepare and sell meat and poultry, and also make meat products including: sausages, burgers and pies. They also package products for retail.
What does a Butcher do?
Generally, butchers undertake the following daily duties:
- Cutting and trimming of meat
- Creating product displays
- Buying, ordering, storing and controlling stock
- Receiving deliveries
- Checking stock hygiene and standards
- Moving meat stock to cold storage areas
- Advising customers on preparing and cooking products
- Travelling to markets, wholesalers and customer properties
- Sharpening and adjust cutting equipment
- Cut or prepare meats to specification or customer’s orders
- Cleaning equipment and work areas to maintain health and sanitation standards
- Keeping inventory of meat sales and order meat supplies
Skills & interests required for a Butcher
Butchers need to be skilled and accurate with a range of culinary tools (including carving and filleting knives, weighing scales and mincers). They also need to be good at interacting with customers, offering advice about products in a friendly and knowledgeable fashion. Physical strength may also be important when handling larger carcasses.- Customer Service
- Technical skills
- Time Management
- Verbal Communication
A butcher generally works around 40 hours per week, which may include early mornings and weekends.
Butchers are based in a butcher’s shop, market or a supermarket.
Throughout a typical day, butchers may be required to travel to a market or wholesalers.
Salary ranges & earning potential
Butchers who are beginning their careers can expect a salary of between £14,500 and £16,000 per annum. Butchers with experience can receive a salary between £16,500 and £22,000 per annum.
A highly experienced butcher can earn around £30,000 per annum.
Perks & benefits
An experienced butcher could potentially run their own business by setting up an independent shop.