What are the top skills a warehouse operative could have?

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Warehouses play a vital part in the UK supply chain and have played an essential role during COVID-19. Working in a warehouse is a position that requires both individual and team skills. The processes in warehouses have been created to ensure they can work like a well-oiled machine, as long as each individual plays their part in the team structure of course.

What is a warehouse operative?

Warehouse operative is one variation of the job title name which is similar to warehouse operator, warehouse picker, warehouse worker, or picker packer. Warehouse operatives are also known as General Operatives. The job requirements will vary depending on the products being handled but warehouse work is normally organised in shifts to keep the continuity of the processes going throughout the day and night.

Warehouse operatives work in a variety of employment sectors, including:

What qualifications do you need to be a warehouse operative?

Many warehouse positions don’t require any formal qualifications apart from GSCEs, making it a great route into a goods handling and logistics role. International businesses like Amazon and Apple boast very established warehouse operations around the UK, offering people the chance to work with new tech used in the growing area of automation.

Is working in a warehouse good pay?

In the UK, the average yearly salary for a Warehouse Operative is around £18,241*, which works out at around £9.35 per hour. Those starting out at entry-level can expect a salary of £17,000* per year. The most experienced warehouse operatives can earn up to £22,000* per year.

How much do Amazon warehouse workers make UK?

The average Amazon Warehouse Operative makes around £13.55* per hour, which is 38% above the national average. The online shopping giant has also been offering one-off ‘sign-on payments’, between £1,000 - £3,000* depending on the area, in an effort to incentivise more staff to work for them through the busiest times of the year.

What are some examples of warehouse skills?

The top skills a warehouse operative should have include:

  1. Being active – warehouse work is naturally high-paced and requires you to be on your feet a lot. If you are someone that thrives in a busy role, this will be a great career for you.
  2. Attention to detail – good stock management and control is key to a successful warehouse, so managers will appreciate operatives that don’t let the quality of their work drop towards the end of a long shift.
  3. Self-motivated – longer shifts, especially the ones with very early mornings or late night starts require someone who can keep the momentum up. Operatives should be able to motivate themselves to achieve everything that’s needed to keep the sequence going.
  4. Work well under pressure – no part of the warehouse chain can slack or slow down too much without having larger knock-on effects. It’s important for this role that you can be organised and communicate clearly, even under pressure.
  5. Methodical thinker – working in a logistical environment requires an ability to think practically. If you are someone that enjoys working with processes and a steady routine, warehouse work could be a brilliant career path.

Where can I find General Operative & Warehouse Operative jobs online?

If you are looking for a warehouse role, why not drop us your CV and one of our team can access it and contact you with various warehouse operative opportunities suited to your specific skill set and lifestyle.

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*Correct at time of publication, February 2021.