Waterstones is the cornerstone of bookselling across the UK and Ireland. Joining Waterstones means being an active part in a success story that began in 1982, and books are as popular now as the day we started. No matter your background, education or age, if you believe in books and understand the people who read them, Waterstones could be your perfect career.

No matter your background, education or age, and if you love books and the people who read them, joining Waterstones means being part of a bookselling success story that began in 1982.

Building a Career

We want you to grow with us. The more you learn and put into practice, the more our customers gain too. Development at Waterstones includes:

  • Entry into our comprehensive employee training programme
  • Access to our online training tool
  • Structured recognition of employee development via our recognition scheme
  • Accelerated progression for outstanding candidates
  • Potential entry to our company apprenticeship scheme.

What's the best thing about being a bookseller?


Working In Our Bookshops and Cafes
Retail Vacancies
Head Office Vacancies
Work Experience


  • 50% off the books you buy and up to 50% of all other all products in shops and online. AND you earn Plus Stamps!
  • Our welcome pack, including ten free key books as the perfect introduction to the craft and business of bookselling
  • Membership to the Plus Bookseller programme, your gateway to the cream of not-yet-published books and exclusive industry events and treats
  • Via our events and festivals, the chance to work alongside your author and illustrator heroes
  • Membership of our Group Personal Pension plan and the option to join our Voluntary Salary Sacrifice scheme
  • Linked to our Pension membership, Life Assurance cover at three times your salary
  • Enhanced family leave.
  • Support for employees experiencing menopause
  • 24/7 access to our Employee Assistance Programme, offering financial and legal advice, counselling, and guidance toward your physical wellbeing
  • Membership of the retail discount scheme Hapi, offering employee discounts at hundreds of retailers and services.

What to Expect at a Waterstones Interview

Throughout the recruitment process, we want to learn about your genuine love of books or good coffee, and be won over by your ability to share that enthusiasm with our customers. Waterstones is synonymous with superb customer service. We achieve this by our committed interest and respect for all we do, all we sell and all we serve.

During the recruitment process, we will look to learn about your love of books or good coffee. We want to be won over by that enthusiasm and discover your bookselling or barista potential.

Visit our Recruitment Process page to discover what to expect - and what we look for - during a Waterstones interview.

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