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


Workers in this unit group collect, receive, sort and deliver mail, documents, correspondence or messages, either between or within establishments.

Main Tasks

  • Collects mail from post boxes, receives parcels, and collects correspondence, documents and other material from individuals, offices or other establishments;
  • Sorts mail, parcels and other incoming and outgoing material for delivery, and maintains records of material received and despatched;
  • Delivers mail, parcels, correspondence and other materials to specified or agreed routes and schedules;
  • Completes delivery forms, collects charges, and issues receipts for the collection and delivery of registered or recorded mail and other items.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. A medical examination may be required. Entrants complete short induction courses followed by a programme of off- and on-the-job training. NVQs/ SVQs in Mail Operations are available at Levels 1 and 2.

What Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers and couriers studied in higher education

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What Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers and couriers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences2
(G1) Mathematics2
(W2) Design studies3
(L3) Sociology4
(C1) Biology2
(H3) Mechanical engineering3
(F1) Chemistry2
(C8) Psychology2
(W3) Music5
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(D4) Agriculture1
(W6) Cinematics & photography3
(Q3) English studies4
(L2) Politics1
(H1) General engineering1
(B7) Nursing1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic2
(I2) Information systems2
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences3
(I3) Software engineering1
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering1
(F3) Physics2
(L1) Economics2
(N1) Business studies6
(X1) Training teachers1
(N4) Accounting2
(C6) Sport & exercise science10
(P3) Media studies3
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period4
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering2
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science5

UK Prospects

245100 Workforce Size
0.25% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
23453 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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