Warehouse worker Warehouse operative, warehouse picker or packer
Warehouse workers take delivery of goods and pack orders for dispatch.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements, but it may be helpful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent in English, maths and IT.
You'll need a reasonable level of fitness.
You could start by temping or doing seasonal work.
You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- IT skills
- practical skills
3. What you'll do
You could work for a large retailer, manufacturer, port or airport, distribution company or the armed forces. Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- taking delivery of goods and storing them
- checking for damaged or missing items
- moving stock by hand or with machines
- packing and wrapping goods
- loading goods for sending
- keeping stock records
- cleaning the warehouse
Experienced: up to £18,000
Highly Experienced: £21,000 or more (warehouse team leader)
You may get extras like bonuses and shift allowances.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work up to 40 hours a week, in shifts. This could include days, nights and weekends.
You may need your own transport to get to work outside public transport hours.
You'll work in a warehouse. You'll wear protective clothing like overalls.
6. Career path and progression
With experience you could become a team leader, shift supervisor or warehouse manager.
You could also move into quality control, freight planning or distribution.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017