What careers are available in Warehousing and Logistics?

Yes, you’re considering a career in the Warehousing and Logistics sector!

You’re making a great choice, as it’s an industry that’s certainly in demand. In 2019, over 81,000 people within a 60-minute drive of the College* were employed in this sector; and by 2026, it’s expected to grow by another 5.8%*, but what careers are available? The answer, quite simply, is a lot! Here’s a selection of what type of role you could secure:

Job Title: Packers, Bottlers, Canners and Fillers

Average earnings per year: £19,400
Current number of jobs available: 26,979 (2021)
Is the number of jobs going to increase by 2026? Yes, by 0.8%
Common duties include:
• Use equipment such as Fork Lift Trucks, hoists or mobile cranes to pack, wrap, fill, label and seal containers
• Examines the containers, such as cans, bottles and seals for faults and reject any that are faulty
• Load the packaging machine with the correct materials, containers, labels or adhesive; monitor the filling and wrapping and packaging process, adjust controls as required and clears any blockages
• Labels goods either by hand or using a machine
• Complete any necessary documentation

Job Title: Elementary Storage Occupations, including roles such as Warehouse Operative, Depot Worker or Storehand.

Average earnings per year: £20,200
Current number of jobs available: 71,204 (2021)
Is the number of jobs going to increase by 2026? Yes, by 2.1%
Common duties include:
• Retrieving items listed on an order sheet so orders can be made up
• Preparing goods for despatch
• Loading and unloading goods to and from delivery vehicles or ships either by hand or using equipment
• Accompanying a driver on journey and assisting with manoeuvres so the vehicle can be loaded or unloaded correctly
• Packing goods such as furniture and household items into crates or cartons for storage
• Moving goods to other areas of the warehouse or depots

Job Title: Fork-Lift Truck Drivers

Average earnings per year: £23,100
Current number of jobs available: 13,984 (2021)
Is the number of jobs going to increase by 2026? Yes, by 1.5%
Common duties include:
• Operating fork-lift trucks in factories, warehouses, storerooms and other areas to transfer goods and materials
• Keeping records of work undertaken
• Ensuring the truck is clean, oiled and greased correctly
• Ensuring that the truck is connected to charger or is correctly refuelled for use

Job Title: Large Goods Vehicle Driver

Average earnings per year: £24,700
Current number of jobs available: 36,729 (2021)
Is the number of jobs going to increase by 2026? Yes, by 2.1%
Common duties include:
• Collecting, transporting and delivering goods in rigid vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, articulated lorries and lorries pulling trailers
• Checking tyres, brakes, lights, oil, water and fuel levels and general condition of the vehicle. Notifying the supervisor of any faults and undertaking minor repairs
• Assisting with the loading and unloading of the vehicle, and ensuring the load is evenly distributed and safely secured
• Agreeing the delivery schedule and route with the transport management
• Maintaining records of journey times, mileage and hours worked

Job Title: Managers and Directors in Storage and Warehousing

Average earnings per year: £ 29,800
Current number of jobs available: 10,327 (2021)
Is the number of jobs going to increase by 2026? Yes, by: 1.8% (2021- 2026)
Common duties include:
• Reviewing, developing and implementing stock control, handling and distribution policies to maximise use of space, money, labour and other resources
• Deciding on storage conditions for particular items
• Allocating warehouse space and arrange for regular stock inspections to detect deterioration or damage
• Liaising with other departments such as production, maintenance and sales to determine the materials and other items required for current and future production schedules and sales commitments
• Advising the purchasing department on type, quality and quantity of goods required and dates by which they must be available
• Preparing reports on a variety of topics such as expenditure, stock control policies and future stores

Remember, these are just a sample of the jobs that are available within the industry. If you’re ready to apply for a Warehousing and Logistics apprenticeship, then visit our Apprenticeship Vacancies page. If you want more information email info@barnsley.ac.uk and our friendly team will be able to help.

*All data is supplied by EMSI, November 2020.

Last updated: 7th December 2020