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Yard person Yard operative

Yard people load and unload deliveries and re-order stocks at factory warehouses, building supplies and retail distribution companies.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,000 to £23,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may ask for GCSEs or equivalent in maths and English.

Experience of warehouse work, labouring on a construction site or having a forklift truck licence may be helpful.

You’ll need to be physically fit.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • customer care skills 
  • maths and English skills

3. What you'll do

You might work for a construction supplier, in a road haulage depot, a retail distribution centre or factory warehouse. 

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • loading and unloading delivery vehicles by hand or with a forklift truck
  • sorting and grading stock
  • moving supplies to storage areas
  • picking and packing orders
  • dealing with customers

4. Salary

Starter: £13,000 to £16,000

Experienced: £16,000 to £20,000

Highly Experienced: £23,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 37 to 40 hours a week, which may include shift work, evenings and weekends.

You’ll be outside in all weather conditions.

The work can be dusty, dirty and physically demanding, with some heavy lifting.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a yard or warehouse supervisor, or yard manager. 

You could move into delivery driving, forklift work or product sales.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017