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Warehouse Worker Profile

Introduction

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 Warehouse Worker. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Warehouse workers, also known as warehouse operatives, handle goods that come through a warehouse. This could involve checking and storing goods as they arrive, signing delivery notes, packing goods, moving goods around a warehouse by hand or with the aid of lifting gear or fork lift trucks, stock-keeping, checking goods and reporting any faults, loading goods, and ensuring stored goods tally with stock records.

A warehouse team leader makes sure that work schedules are followed and tasks are completed safely and on time. They would also carry out administrative tasks including ensuring paperwork is correct, processing timesheets and completing productivity records. They would report to the warehouse manager.

Hours and Environment:

Warehouse workers usually work a 37- to 40-hour week. Shifts and weekends are common, and part-time, temporary work and overtime are often available.

Most modern warehouses are large, light and airy, but some goods have to be stored under special conditions, which may affect the working environment. Loading and unloading lorries can be cold, wet work. The job is likely to involve lifting, bending, stretching and carrying. In some warehouses you may need to wear protective clothing.

Skills and Interests:

As a warehouse worker, you should be:

  • physically fit
  • a good team worker
  • able to work quickly and efficiently
  • able to complete paperwork and count stock items
  • able to keep records on a computer
  • able to follow health and safety regulations
  • honest and reliable.

Additionally, as a warehouse team leader, you should:

  • be able to motivate other people
  • have problem-solving skills
  • be able to produce reports and records
  • be able to work on their own initiative.

IT skills are useful, and a driving licence may be required.

Entry:

There are no minimum entry qualifications to be a warehouse worker, but basic English, maths and IT skills will be useful. In warehouses where storage is colour-coded, normal colour vision is required, and medical and colour vision tests may be taken at interviews. Candidates should check entry requirements with employers.

Team leaders should have some GCSEs/S grades, or other qualifications such as GNVQs/GSVQs in retail and distributive services. Employers often prefer team leaders with previous experience of warehouse work.

Training:

Most of the training is on the job, and covers skills such as lifting, carrying and loading techniques, storage requirements, completing paperwork, and understanding health and safety. Training will be provided if using computer software packages. Some training may involve going to a college on day release. Anyone 18 or over might be trained to drive a lift truck.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport offers the Level 2 Introductory Certificate in Logistics and Transport, which provides a grounding in areas relevant to the movement of goods and people. The Level 3 Certificate in Logistics and Transport is suitable for supervisors in warehouse and other transport careers.

Team leaders can work towards NVQ/SVQ levels 3 and 4 in Distribution and Warehousing Operations.

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).

Opportunities:

There are around 400,000 warehouse workers employed all over the UK. Employers include supermarkets and high street shops, mail order companies, distribution companies, manufacturers, government departments, the health service and the armed forces.

Opportunities for promotion are to team leader or supervisor, then to warehouse manager.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Warehouse workers usually start on around £8,500.
Experience workers can earn around £11,500.
A warehouse team leader can earn £22,000.

There may be productivity bonuses on top of basic pay.

Further information:

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK))
Logistics and Transport Centre
Earlstrees Court
Earlstrees Road
Corby
Northants
NN17 4AX
Tel: 01536 740100
www.ciltuk.org.uk

Skills for Logistics
14 Warren Yard
Warren Farm Office Village
Stratford Road
Milton Keynes
MK12 5NW
Tel: 01908 313360
www.skillsforlogistics.org

Other Useful Warehouse Worker Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Warehouse Worker 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.

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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

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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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