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Warehouse worker

Alternative titles for this job include Warehouse operative, warehouse picker

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

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

How to become a warehouse worker

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You can get into this job through a supply chain warehouse 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 go directly into this job. It's usual to start through temping or seasonal work.

You may not need qualifications, but some employers ask for GCSEs at grade 4 (C) in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications. You may also need basic IT skills.

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Career tips

It may help when looking for work if you've done forklift training.

Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in warehousing from The Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have forklift truck driver training for some jobs

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you'll:

  • take delivery of goods and raw materials
  • check for damaged or missing items
  • move stock around the warehouse using lifting equipment
  • make sure stock is stored correctly and safely
  • pack and wrap goods
  • load goods ready for dispatch
  • stocktake
  • clean the warehouse

Working environment

You could work in a warehouse.

Your working environment may be at height, physically demanding and outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Warehouse Apprentice

  • Wage: £185.25 Weekly
  • Location:

ATA Apprentice Warehouse East Molesey KT8 0DT (MM)

  • Wage: £235.00 - £250.00 Weekly
  • Location: East Molesey

Courses In England

Certificate in Warehousing and Storage

  • Start date: 01 July 2021
  • Location:

Warehousing and Storage Principles

  • Start date: 13 September 2021
  • Location: Waterlooville

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