Meat Process Worker

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Meat process workers prepare meat, fish or seafood for sale to butchers, supermarkets, hotels, makers of meat products and other customers.

The Work

You could work in a number of different areas including:

In meat wholesaling you could be:

In catering supplies you could be:

In meat manufacturing 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 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.

Some employers pay rates up to £9.00 an hour. Shift allowances and overtime pay may be available.


Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Most meat process work is done in large companies, but there are also some smaller, specialist companies.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland



Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland

0.7 %

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

National Food and Drink Training
Tel: 01383 661 555

On 1st April 2015, Scottish Bakers rebranded its training arm to National Food and Drink Training (NFDT). This now encompasses working with companies outwith the bakery sector including meat processing, fish processing, mineral water and sweet manufacturing.

National Skills Academy for Food and Drink
Tel: 0845 644 0558
Twitter: @NSAFD

On 1st June 2015, Improve Ltd and NSAFD merged to become one company. The single entity is now known as The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and is the Sector Skills Council for the food and drink manufacturing and processing industries.

Scotland Food and Drink
Tel: 0131 335 0940
Twitter: @scotfooddrink

The Scotland Food and Drink website is managed by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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