Warehouse operatives are responsible for the movement and administration of goods around a warehouse.
There are no formal entry requirements but the range of opportunities increases for those with experience of operating work vehicles, such as forklift trucks. Other key skills are attention to detail, teamwork, good administration and IT skills and a strong work ethic. Warehouse work is labour intensive and physically demanding due to the lifting required so a good level of fitness is important. Holding a full UK driving licence is advantageous as potential workplaces are often remote.
Warehouse operative jobs can be found all over the UK, with a significant number of short-term employment opportunities available through recruitment agencies at short notice, as well as permanent positions. Shift working patterns are common, including nights.
Jobs are often advertised and paid for at hourly rates, starting from minimum wage. Pay increases with experience and warehouse operatives who take on responsibility for staff as a team leader or warehouse manager could find themselves earning up to £30,000.
Recruitment agencies specialising in industrial employment are a good source of vacancies, as are job centres and local newspapers.