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Order picker

Alternative titles for this job include Order assembler, warehouse assistant

Order pickers find and check all the things on a customer's order and send them to be packed.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter

to

£23,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become an order picker

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or by applying directly.

Apprenticeship

Depending on where you work, you could do a:

  • warehouse operative intermediate apprenticeship
  • express delivery sortation hub operative intermediate apprenticeship

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply directly to be an order picker. 

You might need:

  • GCSEs in maths and English
  • computer skills to use online sales systems and stock control scanners
  • to do a short test at interview to check your practical skills

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Career tips

You might find it useful for some jobs if you've done forklift training.

Further information

Order picker jobs can often be temporary, part-time or available through an agency.

You can find out more about warehouse work from the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) and from Generation Logistics.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of English language
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • pick items to match the customer's order sheet
  • use voice-activated picking machines and hand scanners
  • check quality of items and put them in a trolley to be packed
  • choose suitable replacements where items have sold out
  • update customer records 
  • pack items if you work in a small warehouse or help customers if you work in a store

Working environment

You could work in a warehouse or at a store.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and cold.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Warehouse Operative

  • Wage: £12,870.00 Annually
  • Location: Green Street, Green Road, Dartford, Kent

Apprentice Warehouse Operative

  • Wage: £10,004.80 to £19,760.00 Annually
  • Location: Snetterton, Norfolk

Courses In England

Warehousing and Storage Level 2

  • Provider: EALING, HAMMERSMITH & WEST LONDON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 07 August 2023
  • Location: Not known

Principles of Warehousing & Storage Level 2 Certificate

  • Provider: SHIPLEY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 June 2023
  • Location: Not known

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