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Packer Order packer, order picker

Packers work in factories and warehouses, putting products into containers like boxes and crates for delivery.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £18,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 42 per week

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

You'll need:

  • 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.

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000

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