Alternative titles for this job include Order packer

Packers work in factories and warehouses, putting products into containers like boxes and crates for delivery.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£18,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a packer

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You may be able to start work as a packer through a warehouse operative intermediate apprenticeship. You could do this with a retail, distribution or manufacturing company.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

More Information

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. There are no set qualifications to work as a packer. You may have to take an assessment to check your practical skills before being offered a job.

Previous experience in packaging or any manufacturing role can help. 

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You may need a forklift truck licence for certain jobs.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • packing goods with bubble wrap and polystyrene chips
  • sealing containers using glue, staples or shrink-wrap
  • weighing and labelling packaged goods
  • reporting problems to supervisors
  • cleaning work areas

Working environment

You could work in a factory or in a warehouse.

Your working environment may be cool.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience you could become a supervisor or shift leader. With training, you could work in quality control or move into delivery work.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Warehouse Operative Apprentice

  • Wage: £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Wallsend

Apprentice Warehouse Person

  • Wage: £10,500.00 Annually
  • Location: Selby

Courses In England

Performing Manufacturing Operations ( Level 2)

  • Start date: 01 August 2021
  • Location: BLACKBURN

Fabrication & Welding (Performing Manufacturing Operations) - Level 2

  • Start date: 01 August 2021
  • Location: Lancaster

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