Elementary storage occupation

Workers in this unit group supply berthed ships with water, oil and petroleum, load and unload cargo from ships, boats and barges, convey household and office furniture, goods, equipment or other items in or near warehouses, depots, slaughterhouses, etc., prepare requisitions or despatch documents of stocks held, accompany drivers of road vehicles, and perform other elementary goods handling and storage related tasks.


  • Accompanies driver on journey and assists with manoeuvres and to load and unload vehicle.
  • Retrieves stored items as listed on order sheets, makes up orders against requisitions and prepares goods for despatch.
  • Undertakes the loading and unloading of goods and conveys goods about storage area.
  • Packs furniture and household goods into crates and cartons for storage.
  • Loads and unloads goods from removal vans or delivery vehicles either by hand or using trolleys and lift trucks.
  • Removes grappling attachment from cargo and stows cargo in hold or loads cargo on to transport or into warehouses.
  • Attaches winch or crane hooks, slings, ropes or clamps to load, signals to crane driver to commence lifting, visually checks that load is balanced and ensures that route is clear for movement.
  • Arranges cargo on quayside or in hold for loading or unloading and selects appropriate hook, chain, rope, sling or other grappling attachment.
  • Attaches hoses to ship.

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 elementary storage occupation is £17,394

18,397 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 18,397. 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 elementary storage occupation roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £17,394 per year. That is about £1,450 per month or £8.92 per hour. New workers generally start on £12,534, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,365

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, 18,397 people are employed in the region.

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