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Order picker

Alternative titles for this job include Order assembler, warehouse assistant

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

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£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
  • applying directly


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 for order picking jobs. Some employers may ask for GCSEs in maths and English, or you might have to do a short test at interview to check your practical skills.

Computer skills will also be useful for using online sales systems and stock control scanners.

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Career tips

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

Further information

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

You can find out more about warehouse work from the United Kingdom Warehousing Association.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to read English
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • concentration skills
  • maths knowledge
  • 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 from stock to match the customer's order sheet
  • use voice-activated picking machines and hand scanners
  • put items into a trolley or carrier to be sent for packing
  • check product quality
  • choose suitable replacements where stock has sold out
  • pack items ready for dispatch, if you work in a small warehouse
  • update customer records on computer systems
  • help customers if working in-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 become a shift supervisor then move into section or warehouse management.

You could also become a delivery or forklift truck driver with additional training.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an order picker right now.

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Courses In England

Warehousing & Storage Principles

  • Start date: 12 September 2022
  • Location: Waterlooville

Warehousing and Storage Level 2

  • Start date: 01 August 2022
  • Location: Not known

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