Food, drink or tobacco process operative
- Processes tobacco leaves by hand or machine to make cigarettes, cigars, pipe and other tobacco products.
- Mixes, pulps, grinds, blends and separates foodstuffs and liquids with churning, pressing, sieving, grinding and filtering equipment.
- Operates equipment to cool, heat, dry, roast, blanch, pasteurise, smoke, sterilise, freeze, evaporate and concentrate foodstuffs and liquids used in food processing.
- Attends equipment to make jam, toffee, cheese, processed cheese, margarine, syrup, ice, pasta, ice-cream, sausages, chocolate, maize starch, edible fats and dextrin.
- Operates machinery to crush, mix, malt, cook and ferment grains and fruits to produce beer, wines, malt liquors, vinegar, yeast and related products.
- Sets, operates and attends machinery and ovens to mix, bake and otherwise prepare bread and flour confectionery products.
Typical Education Level
Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 12% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for food, drink or tobacco process operative is £16,380
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 4,364. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for food, drink or tobacco process operative roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £16,380 per year. That is about £1,365 per month or £8.40 per hour. New workers generally start on £16,224, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £28,891
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 4,364 people are employed in the region.