Warehouse worker

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

Annual Salary

£12,700 to £27,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40

Future employment

There will be 0% more Warehouse worker jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You could work for a large retailer, manufacturer, port or airport, distribution company or the armed forces. 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 out
  • keeping stock records
  • cleaning the warehouse


You can get into this job through a supply chain warehouse operative intermediate apprenticeship or an intermediate apprenticeship in warehousing and storage.

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship

Other Routes

You may not need any qualifications, but some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent. You'll find it most useful to have English, maths and IT.

You may need to do forklift training through The Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) (Workplace Transport). Your employer may arrange this for you.

You could start by temping or doing seasonal work.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship in warehousing and storage.

You can find information about warehousing qualifications from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

£12,700 to £27,000

Starter salary: £12,700

Experienced salary: £18,000

You may get extras like bonuses and shift allowances.

These figures are a guide.

38 to 40

You'll work up to 40 hours a week, in shifts. This could include days, nights and weekends.

You may need your own transport to get to work outside public transport hours, or to remote places.

You'll work in a warehouse, or a yard in all weathers. You'll wear protective clothing like overalls.

You’ll usually do some heavy lifting.

With experience you could become a team leader, shift supervisor or warehouse manager.

You could also move into quality control, freight planning or distribution.

You can find information about warehousing qualifications from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • IT skills
  • practical skills
  • organisational and record-keeping skills

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