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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Postman / Woman. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Postman / Woman
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Postman / Woman Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

A postman/woman deals with the sorting and delivery of letters and small packets working from a district sorting office. Depending on duties, they may also be responsible for mail collections from post boxes, post offices and places of work within that district.

Once sorted, the post is delivered to homes and businesses. Postmen and postwomen who work delivering mail may have a round or 'walk' of several hundred addresses. For some items, such as registered post and recorded deliveries, they may have to obtain a signature.

Deliveries are made on foot, bicycle, or in a car or van.

Some postmen/women work in central sorting offices, dealing with mail coming in and going out across the country. The mail is sorted into mailbags then loaded onto vans and transported to district offices or, depending on the destination, a road freight depot, rail station or airport.

Hours and Environment:

Full-time postmen/women work a 41.5-hour week. There is a shift system. The early shift often starts at 5am or 6am and would involve preparing and delivering the mail. The later shift, starting between 1pm and 2pm, collects and sorts mail.

Saturday mornings are normally required and occasionally Sunday shifts are needed. Night-shift, part-time and seasonal work is widely available.

A uniform is provided and there are subsidised meals.

Much of the work is outdoors, at all times of the year and in all weathers.

Sorting the incoming and outgoing mail is done indoors. In a main sorting office, this could include working with noisy machinery.

Skills and Interests:

As a postman/woman, you need to be:

  • fit and active - the job can involve a great deal of walking in all weather conditions
  • reliable, honest and trustworthy
  • literate and numerate
  • able to undertake clerical tasks such as re-directing mail
  • able to use a keyboard
  • confident in dealing with the public
  • a good communicator.


There are no formal entry requirements. Selection usually involves a test and an interview. The test may require you to demonstrate the ability to read addresses properly or check for errors amongst a list of names and addresses. You may also be required to pass a medical examination.

Recruitment for the job of postman/woman is usually from the age of 18.

In some parts of the country there are opportunities for 16- and 17-year-olds to start employment as postal cadets. Employers may require applicants for postal cadet positions to have GCSEs/S grades in English and mathematics.

For driving duties, a clean current driving licence is necessary.


Training is carried out on the job. Initially, there may be two to three days' induction at a head office, then you are relocated to your nearest district office.

You will work under supervision of experienced members of staff. There may also be short external courses in addition to the supervised training. Cadets may attend college on a day release basis for qualifications including the NVQ/SVQ levels 1 and 2 in Mail Operations. Opportunities for cadet posts are very limited so check with your local delivery office.


Opportunities exist throughout the country and recruitment is normally done through the local sorting office. The large mail centres that sort and distribute mail can also employ hundreds of people.

Promotion to higher posts, such as supervisor and manager is possible with experience.

There may be opportunities to move into similar areas of the business such as parcel deliveries, courier work, post office counter work, or customer care and administration within district or main offices.

Annual Income:

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Postal cadets at 16, earn £7,800.
At 17, this rises to £9,100.
The starting rate for staff aged 18 upwards is £11,700. There are additional payments for unsocial hours and driving duties.

Supervisors and managers are paid on a different scale.

Further information:

For more information, contact your local delivery office. Addresses are in the local phone book or available from the nearest post office. You can also contact the Royal Mail for information on vacancies.

Royal Mail Group plc
148 Old Street
Royal Mail Recruitment: 08457 750850

Other Useful Postman / Woman Work Information

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