The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).
As of 1 April 2021 the National Minimum Wage is £4.62 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.56 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £8.36 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £8.91 for workers aged 23 and over. With experience you may earn up to £10.50 an hour or more.
There may be a chance to boost your income through piecework or bonuses.
You will work in a factory, usually at a workbench or conveyer belt.
Factories are often noisy and dusty.
The working week is usually 37-40 hours but you may have to work shifts and overtime.
You usually work as part of a team that has a shift leader.
You would have to work quickly.
Work can be repetitive, where you might be doing the same thing over and over.
You might have to lift heavy objects.
You may have to wear protective clothing such as goggles, masks, gloves, hats and overalls.