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Warehousing and distribution

Getting a job in warehousing and distribution means you’ll play a vital role in keeping the country going – packing up online orders, making sure food is on our supermarket shelves and getting goods to where they’re needed. A career in this sector is perfect if you enjoy being active, working behind the scenes and seek a varied but rewarding role.

Types of roles

There are a range of jobs in the sector – working with stock, packing orders and driving forklift trucks. Whether you’re picking, packing, sorting or scanning, there could be a perfect job for you.

Roles can include:

  • receiving goods and storing them
  • checking for damaged or missing items
  • moving stock by hand or with equipment and/or machinery
  • packing and wrapping goods
  • loading goods for dispatch
  • keeping stock records
  • cleaning and tidying the warehouse

The average salary is around £21,000 per year.

Some companies currently recruiting for warehousing and distribution roles include:

Amazon has a variety of roles available in warehousing, including Warehouse Operatives and Sortation Operatives across the UK. Visit the Jobs at Amazon website.

Clipper is recruiting for Warehouse Operatives and various warehousing roles including Team Leaders and management roles. Vacancies can be found on Clipper’s website.

Benefits of working in warehousing

  • Working in warehousing can require physical and sometimes technical work, including moving and lifting items, as well as operating machinery.
  • The sector is increasingly hi-tech and provides fantastic opportunities to learn new skills.
  • You may work with voice technology, automated picking tools and automated guided vehicles.
  • You can also gain more traditional skills like forklift driving and operating machinery and some companies provide training in health and safety, organisation and time management.

Desirable skills

There are a range of different skills that you might need for warehouse jobs or which could be a real advantage when you are applying for one. These include attention to detail, working well in teams, quick thinking and good communication. You might already have developed those skills from other jobs or life experience.

You do not necessarily need formal qualifications, but some employers ask for GCSEs at grade 4 (C) in English and Maths, or equivalent qualifications. You may also require some basic IT skills.

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