Packer Order packer, order picker
Packers work in factories and warehouses, putting products into containers like boxes and crates for delivery.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements.
You can apply to warehouses and factories directly and you'll be trained on the job.
You may need a forklift licence.
You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- practical skills
- the ability to work quickly, accurately and safely
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- packing goods with bubble wrap and polystyrene chips
- sealing containers using glue, staples or shrink-wrap
- weighing and labelling packaged goods
- reporting problems to supervisors
- cleaning work areas
You'll use loading and lifting gear for heavy goods like washing machines. You may operate a forklift truck to move goods.
Experienced: £16,000 to £18,000
You may get paid for the number of items you pack. You may get extra for working night shifts. Salary rates vary by industry.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 35 to 42 hours a week. You could work shifts covering weekends or nights. Part-time work is common.
You'll be in a factory or warehouse. You'll spend most of your time at a packing machine or conveyor line.
The warehouse may be sterile (for medicines) or chilled (for meat).
6. Career path and progression
With experience you could become a supervisor or shift leader. With training, you could work in quality control or move into delivery work.
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Last updated: 11 April 2017