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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £12,700 to £27,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 38 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You may not need any qualifications, but some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent. You'll find it most useful to have English, maths and IT.

You may need to do forklift training through The Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) (Workplace Transport). Your employer may arrange this for you.

You could start by temping or doing seasonal work.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship in warehousing and storage.

You can find information about warehousing qualifications from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • IT skills
  • practical skills
  • organisational and record-keeping 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 out
  • keeping stock records
  • cleaning the warehouse

4. Salary

Starter: £12,700

Experienced: £18,000

Highly Experienced: £27,000 (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, or to remote places.

You'll work in a warehouse, or a yard in all weathers. You'll wear protective clothing like overalls.

You’ll usually do some heavy lifting.

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: 01 October 2018