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📦 Warehouse Operative
📦 Warehouse Operative
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Written by Montana Gerry
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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: £18,000-£22,000

We've helped many Beam members start work as a warehouse operative, see their stories here.

Day to day

  • Unloading vehicles and bringing delivered stock into the warehouse

  • Sorting specific products and placing them on shelves

  • “Picking”: 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


Working in a team

Flexible shift patterns

Often no formal training or qualification requirements

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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