Postal worker, mail sorter, messenger or courier

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


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

Typical Education Level

Level 1 NVQ; GCSE at grades D-G

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 postal worker, mail sorter, messenger or courier is £20,729

3,889 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 3,889. 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 postal worker, mail sorter, messenger or courier roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,729 per year. That is about £1,727 per month or £10.63 per hour. New workers generally start on £20,615, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £27,147

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, 3,889 people are employed in the region.

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