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A Career Guide to Warehouse Jobs

Published: Friday 13th March 2020

Working in a warehouse isn’t as simple as shifting boxes from one place to another. As an integral part of the logistics function required for every business that makes, buys or sells good, there are a multitude of different roles when it comes to warehouse operative jobs. Whether you’re a junior picker preparing for a pallet delivery at a small buildings supplier or a warehouse manager in a multinational corporation, everyone who works in warehousing plays a vital role in maintaining the supply chainIf one part of that chain fails, the whole system is at risk, which, in turn, can seriously affect the business.  

Warehouse worker and manager looking at laptop in a large warehouse

Getting your first warehouse job 

As such, there are many different roles working in a warehouse. Entry roles include dealing with deliveries, product placement, picking/packing and stock control. There are no formal qualifications needed, but employers may require that candidates have passes at GCSE level Maths and English. If you want to go into a management or more technical role, industry-specific qualifications such as offered by City & Guilds will help you get ahead more quickly. Modern logistics or supply chain qualifications are highly sought-after among the bigger companies in the industry. 

While there are many apprenticeships available, most school leavers will start out in an entry role such as picker or packer to see if they enjoy the work, before moving on to an apprenticeship or formal training. Some may go on to train in supply chain management. 

What you’ll need to succeed 

Young man, warehouse worker with a tablet as warehouse operative

To succeed in warehousing, you’ll need to be well organised with solid time management skills. You’ll be meticulous when it comes to detail and be an effective communicator. This will be vital when it comes to liaising with colleagues, drivers, managers and other business partners.  

As for technical skills, warehousing and logistics is becoming increasing IT-oriented, so computer knowledge will be useful. Some warehouse roles are physically demanding so employers will ask require a basic level of fitness. A knowledge of health and safety guidelines is beneficial, but training will normally be givenSome roles come with driving duties, so employers will require a clean driving licence. Forklift and other plant operators may require additional qualifications. 

Where can I find Warehouse Operative Jobs near me? 

Warehouse man worker with forklift working in a warehouse

Whether you’re looking for your first job, a part-time position or a more senior role, Zoek UK has hundreds of warehouse operative jobs and vacancies on our job site right now. While the majority of depots are near large population centres, the East Midlands is a prime location for warehouse jobs, accounting for 18% of all warehouse space (around 78 million square feet) in the UK 

Many warehouse jobs are seasonal. There is huge demand at Christmas so a good time to start looking is around September or October. A lot of workers who start out in casual or contract roles end up becoming full-time employees once they demonstrate that they are reliable and hardworkingYou may also need to be flexible when it comes to shift work. Temporary workers can expect between £8 and £9 per hour for entry level roles. The average full time wage for a warehouse worker in the UK is £19,526. However, this can increase quickly for managers and more technical roles.  

To find your next warehouse job, download the Zoek app today. 

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