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Fork-lift truck driver

Fork-lift truck drivers operate fork-lift trucks in factories, warehouses, storerooms and other areas to transfer goods and materials.


  • Cleans, oils and greases machine.
  • Keeps records of work undertaken.
  • Ensures that truck is connected to charger or is correctly refuelled for use.
  • Drives truck to unloading point and lowers forks to correct position on stack or ground.
  • Operates controls to pick up load on forks.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 17% 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 fork-lift truck driver is £22,269

2,707 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,707. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for fork-lift truck driver roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £22,269 per year. That is about £1,856 per month or £11.42 per hour. New workers generally start on £19,449, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £36,612

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, 2,707 people are employed in the region.

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