How to become a Warehouse Worker

warehouse worker careers

What does a Warehouse Worker do?

Warehouse workers, also known as warehouse operatives, handle goods that come through a warehouse. This could involve checking and storing goods as they arrive, signing delivery notes, picking orders, packing goods, moving goods around the warehouse by hand or with the aid of lifting gear or fork lift trucks, stock-keeping, checking goods and reporting any faults, loading goods, and ensuring stored goods tally with stock records.

A warehouse team leader makes sure that work schedules are followed and tasks are completed safely and on time. They would also carry out administrative tasks including ensuring paperwork is correct, processing timesheets and completing productivity records. They would report to the warehouse manager.

What's the working environment like working as a Warehouse Worker?

Warehouse workers usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. Shifts and weekends are common, and part-time, temporary work and overtime are often available.

Most modern warehouses are large, light and airy, but some goods have to be stored under special conditions, which may affect the working environment. Loading and unloading lorries can be cold, wet work. The job is likely to involve lifting, bending, stretching and carrying. In some warehouses you may need to wear protective clothing.

What does it take to become a Warehouse Worker?

As a warehouse worker, you should:

  • be physically fit
  • be a good team worker
  • have the ability to work quickly and efficiently
  • be able to complete paperwork and count stock items
  • have basic computer skills
  • be able to follow health and safety regulations
  • be honest and reliable.
Additionally, as a warehouse team leader, you should:
  • be able to motivate other people
  • have problem-solving skills
  • be able to produce reports and records
  • be able to work on your own initiative.

Warehouse Worker Career Opportunities

There are warehouse workers employed all over the UK. Employers include supermarkets and high street shops, mail order companies, distribution companies, manufacturers, government departments, the health service and the armed forces.

Opportunities for promotion are to team leader or supervisor, then to warehouse manager (see Warehouse Manager profile).

Further information

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Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Logistics and Transport Centre
Earlstrees Court
Earlstrees Road
NN17 4AX
Tel: 01536 740100

Skills for Logistics
14 Warren Yard
Warren Farm Office Village
Milton Keynes
MK12 5NW
Tel: 0870 242 7314

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