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A packer packs goods by hand or using machines, often on a production line, to prevent damage to goods and products during transport and delivery.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2017 the National Minimum Wage is £4.05 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £5.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.05 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.50 for workers aged 25 and over. Recent posts have advertised hourly rates between £10.00 and £12.00 per hour. There may be a chance to boost income through overtime and bonuses.


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Getting In

Most jobs are with manufacturing companies, mail order firms and large shops, although more packing jobs are now being done by machinery. Removal firms, antique dealers and export companies use specialist packers and there will continue to be a demand for them. Jobs are advertised on recruitment websites, including the Universal Jobmatch website, and in local papers.

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You should be able to:


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Packaging Society
Twitter: @ThePackagingSoc

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