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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 Messenger. This page details the following Information:-

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

Finding Suitable Work

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Working Duties Expected

Messengers collect and distribute letters and parcels by hand. They may deal with valuable documents or items that need delivering safely, and sometimes urgently. Messengers usually work on foot, but sometimes travel longer distances by bicycle, motorcycle, van or public transport.

They may also have clerical and administrative duties, such as storing records and files. Some messengers have post-room duties, for example sorting and franking mail and bagging mail ready to be posted.

Other duties may include:

  • running errands
  • moving office equipment
  • arranging rooms and refreshments for meetings.

Hours and Environment:

Messengers normally work office hours, Monday to Friday.

They are based in offices, post-rooms, or even warehouse offices. However, much of their time will be spent moving between offices and buildings. This job involves a good deal of walking and occasionally driving.

Some messengers wear a uniform.

Skills and Interests:

To be a messenger, you should:

  • be able to follow directions
  • be able to plan your time
  • be punctual
  • have good spoken communication skills
  • have a friendly personality
  • be able to use your own initiative to solve problems
  • be able to work unsupervised
  • have a driving licence, for some jobs.


You do not need any particular qualifications to be a messenger but employers will expect candidates to be literate and numerate.

There is no upper age limit for starting as a messenger, and many employers see maturity as an asset. Relevant experience in clerical and administrative work is useful.


Training is normally on the job, and you will be supervised by an experienced member of staff until you are competent.

There are NVQs/SVQs which are relevant to messengers in Mail Operations at Levels 2, Administration at levels 1 and 2, and Customer Service at Level 2.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


A wide range of organisations employs messengers, including banks, local and national government departments, NHS Trusts, and public utility companies. There may also be opportunities with major retail companies and warehousing and distribution firms.

Vacancies may be decreasing with the wider use of electronic communications such as email.

Annual Income:

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Starting salaries for messengers are around £7,000 a year. Experienced messengers earn around £10,000 a year. Senior messengers earn around £15,000 a year.

Further information:

Distributive National Training Organisation *
Mardell House
9-11 Vaughan Road
Tel: 01582 760809

Council for Administration *
18-20 Bromells Road
Clapham Common

Institute of Customer Service *
2 Castle Court
St Peters Street
Tel: 01206 571716

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful Messenger Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Messenger job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Messenger Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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