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)

£12,700 Starter


£27,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

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 or an intermediate apprenticeship in warehousing and storage.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, 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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Further information

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

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 accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You may need a driving licence and forklift truck driver training for some jobs.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • taking delivery of goods and storing them
  • checking for damaged or missing items
  • moving stock by hand or with machines
  • packing and wrapping goods
  • loading goods for sending
  • keeping stock records
  • cleaning the warehouse

Working environment

You could work in a warehouse.

Your working environment may be at height, physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Warehouse Operative

  • Wage : £150.00 Weekly
  • Location: Cramlington NE23 1WH

Warehousing Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Sheffield S2 1TA

Courses In England


  • Provider: Chesterfield College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

Warehousing Apprenticeship (Intermediate, Advanced Level 2)

  • Provider: Blackburn College
  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location: BLACKBURN

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