Job overview

Warehouse Operatives, sometimes called Warehouse Assistants, Production Operatives, or Picker/Packers, are responsible for sorting and organising products in a warehouse until they’re ready to be distributed to shops, stores, supermarkets, and for online deliveries.

Experience: Often no formal qualification or training required.

Work hours: Typically 1-40 hours per week. There can be varied shift patterns including night shifts.

Salary: Β£18,000-Β£22,000

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Day to day

  • Unloading vehicles and bringing delivered stock into the warehouse

  • Sorting specific products and placing them on shelves

  • β€œPicking”: collecting items, preparing and completing warehouse orders for delivery

  • Stock control: stock counting via a scanner or computer

  • Packing goods carefully into boxes

  • Occasionally operating machinery such as a Forklift

Pros and cons of a warehouse role


βœ… Working in a team

βœ… Flexible shift patterns

βœ… Often no formal training or qualification requirements

βœ… Rewarding if you enjoy meeting targets and being on your feet


❌ May involve antisocial hours such as night shifts and weekend work

❌ Can be intensive, physically demanding work involving heavy lifting and being on your feet for extended periods

❌ Warehouses may be very cold

❌ Warehouses may often be in remote areas with poor transport connections

Where to look for a role

There are many employers currently hiring and use search terms such as "warehouse operative" or "production operative" on jobs boards.

Some companies to get you started:

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