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Packer, bottler, canner or filler

Jobholders in this unit group pack, wrap, fill, label and seal containers by hand or machine.


  • Packs specialist items according to specifications and completes necessary documentation.
  • Labels goods by hand or machine.
  • Examines cans, bottles and seals and rejects any that are faulty.
  • Loads machine with packaging containers, materials, adhesive, etc., loads hopper with items to be packaged/wrapped, monitors filling, wrapping and packaging, adjusts controls as necessary and clears any blockages.
  • Packs heavy goods in crates and boxes using hoist, mobile crane or similar lifting equipment.
  • Fills tubes, ampoules, bottles, drums, barrels, bags, sacks, cans, boxes and other containers by hand using measuring/weighing aid or by positioning container under feeder spout.
  • Selects appropriate cylinder, ensures that there is no corrosion or other damage and fills with gas.

Typical Education Level

Level 1 NVQ; GCSE at grades D-G

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 16% 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 packer, bottler, canner or filler is £16,653

4,334 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 4,334. 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 packer, bottler, canner or filler roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £16,653 per year. That is about £1,388 per month or £8.54 per hour. New workers generally start on £15,994, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £27,430

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, 4,334 people are employed in the region.

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