Weigher, grader or sorter
- Operates machines to measure lengths of rolls of material and irregularly shaped materials such as leather or sheepskin.
- Records and calculates gross and net weight, checks delivery notes and prepares documents and labels for identification purposes.
- Uses balances, springs, weighing platforms, automatic scales and weighbridges to check the weight of goods, products and loaded vehicles.
- Ascertains material(s) required from order card, recipe, or specification and weighs and measures prescribed quantities accordingly.
- Assesses product quality visually and by touch, and grades according to weight, thickness, colour and other quality criteria.
- Examines hide, skins, leather, fabric, wool, rags, scrap metal, tobacco pipe bowls, fish, fibres, ceramics, produce and other goods.
Typical Education Level
Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 23% 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 weigher, grader or sorter is £16,127
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 646. 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 weigher, grader or sorter roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £16,127 per year. That is about £1,344 per month or £8.27 per hour. New workers generally start on £13,204, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £32,785
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, 646 people are employed in the region.