📦 Warehouse Operative

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

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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 (provided you are trained)

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 cold

❌  Warehouses may be in remote areas with poor transport connections

Where to look for a role

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

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