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Vending machine operator Vending machine operative, vending operator

Vending machine operators fill, maintain and collect money from machines that dispense products like drinks and snacks.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £28,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 30 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements but employers may prefer a good general education. Knowledge of basic mechanical and electrical engineering would also be helpful.

You'll need a reasonable level of physical fitness.

You'll also need a current clean driving licence for travelling between clients and sites.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • the ability to work on your own initiative
  • practical skills
  • the ability to maintain accurate records

3. What you'll do

You could work for a local company and be responsible for maintaining around 100 machines, or work for a national firm where you'll cover a large area and have responsibility for thousands of machines.

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • collecting money that's been deposited
  • filling and refilling machines with products 
  • cleaning vending machines
  • making sure all machines are in good working order
  • fixing minor faults
  • calling out service engineers to carry out more complicated repairs
  • completing paperwork

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £19,000

Experienced: £20,000 and £24,000

Highly Experienced: Up to £28,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work on shift. Overtime and part-time hours may also be available.

You'll need to be available to work at weekends and to be on call.

You'll spend most of your time at customers’ premises, and travelling between sites.

Your employer will usually supply a company vehicle and a uniform.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to a supervisor or manager position.

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Last updated: 09 October 2018