Industrial recruitment agencies are often asked to fill vacancies for Forklift Truck Drivers. While the title of the job suggests that a driver has one duty, it is not unusual for the role to include a range of other Warehouse Operative responsibilities.
Forklift Drivers require a good level of fitness, coordination, judgement and a strong work ethic. A basic education in English and Maths is also desirable in many instances. The position can demand long shift-based hours through both the day and night. Drivers can be recruited on a full or part-time contract, but it is also not unusual for them to be employed as casual workers or on fixed contracts.
There are a number of qualifications that operatives may need, depending on the nature of the storage facility and the vehicles in use. It is commonplace for Warehouse Operatives to be trained on the job to gain the relevant level of accreditation. Training not only teaches Drivers how to control the vehicle, but also understand the wider health and safety issues when working in a stockroom environment. To obtain one of these licences, staff must be over the age of 16.
Salaries for a Forklift Driver can vary depending on both the hours of work and the licence held by an employee. Gaining a licence might increase a Warehouse Operatives salary from £7 or £8 per hour up to as much as £14 per hour, with added incentives for overtime and overnight shift work.