Fishmonger or poultry dresser

Fishmongers and poultry dressers clean, cut and prepare fish and poultry for processing or sale.


  • Cleans tools and work surfaces.
  • Removes feathers and internal organs, extracts edible offal and cuts off feet and head from poultry carcasses and dresses as required.
  • Cuts and slits fish for curing by hand or machine.
  • Scrubs, de-scales, heads, guts, washes and bones fish.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 17% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for fishmonger or poultry dresser is £15,990

131 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 131. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for fishmonger or poultry dresser roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £15,990 per year. That is about £1,333 per month or £8.20 per hour. New workers generally start on £15,142, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £24,814

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 131 people are employed in the region.

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