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Warehouse worker Warehouse operative, warehouse picker or packer

Warehouse workers take delivery of goods and pack orders for dispatch.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £12,500 to £21,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

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

You'll need:

  • 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

4. Salary

Starter: £12,500

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