Working within the retail banking sector, the role of a bank cashier is to address the needs of the bank's customers by carrying out accounting or administrative duties. A cashier will undertake tasks such as liaising face to face with customers, handling money and responding to complaints and queries. Basic numeracy and customer service skills are important in this role and specialist banking recruitment agencies are able to assess candidates for these attributes before recommending them to their clients.
Being a bank cashier provides great opportunities for career enhancement for those who show the desired attitude and aptitude for the job. Entry level salaries are around £10K per annum however progression to senior cashier can be swift and this commands an earning of £20K-£25K. Personnel can also move into other areas of banking such as foreign exchange and branch management. London typically offers the best pay and job opportunities to candidates, as do other cities located in the South East of the UK. The job usually consists of a standard 9-5 working week with banks adhering to strict opening and closing times. Occasional weekend or evening work may be expected but this is often allocated on a rota basis.
Although no formal qualifications are required to become a bank cashier, candidates will be expected to have GCSEs within maths and english. Once a candidate becomes a cashier, they will generally be required to gain professional qualifications within areas such as customer service, financial services and potentially management.
As well as qualifications, employers will usually look for candidates who can demonstrate particular characteristics. A bank cashier is required to be patient, honest and have good interpersonal skills when dealing with customers. Banking recruitment agencies will have assessment procedures in place that will allow them to source candidates with these qualities before supplying them to fill their clients' permanent, temporary or contract positions.