£18,720 Average salary at age 20
£25,480 Average Salary
39 Average hours per week


Workers in this unit group supply berthed ships with water, oil and petroleum, load and unload cargo from ships, boats and barges, convey household and office furniture, goods, equipment or other items in or near warehouses, depots, slaughterhouses, etc., prepare requisitions or despatch documents of stocks held, accompany drivers of road vehicles, and perform other elementary goods handling and storage related tasks.

Main Tasks

  • Attaches hoses to ship’s flow connections, starts pump to transfer oil, petroleum or water to and from a ship and uncouples hose system when loading/discharging is complete;
  • Arranges cargo on quayside or in hold for loading or unloading and selects appropriate hook, chain, rope, sling or other grappling attachment;
  • Attaches winch or crane hooks, slings, ropes or clamps to load, signals to crane driver to commence lifting, visually checks that load is balanced and ensures that route is clear for movement;
  • Removes grappling attachment from cargo and stows cargo in hold or loads cargo on to transport or into warehouses.
  • Loads and unloads goods from removal vans or delivery vehicles either by hand or using trolleys and lift trucks;
  • Packs furniture and household goods into crates and cartons for storage;
  • Undertakes the loading and unloading of goods and conveys goods about storage area;
  • Retrieves stored items as listed on order sheets, makes up orders against requisitions and prepares goods for despatch;
  • Accompanies driver on journey and assists with manoeuvres and to load and unload vehicle.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically provided off- or on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in Cargo Operations and in Distribution and Warehouse Operations are available at Levels 1 and 2.

What Elementary storage occupations studied in higher education

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What Elementary storage occupations studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy2
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics2
(W2) Design studies5
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology2
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology2
(W1) Fine art1
(H4) Aerospace engineering1
(W3) Music1
(D3) Animal science1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences2
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(W6) Cinematics & photography4
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies2
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering1
(L2) Politics2
(K2) Building1
(K1) Architecture1
(H2) Civil engineering1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama3
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic2
(J9) Others in technology1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport2
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences2
(V5) Philosophy1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics1
(N1) Business studies4
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(X1) Training teachers1
(N4) Accounting2
(C6) Sport & exercise science9
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies3
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period4
(N3) Finance1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering2
(I1) Computer science8

UK Prospects

486600 Workforce Size
0.25% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
55211 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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