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Forklift Truck Operator

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A forklift truck operator uses a forklift truck to load, unload, move and stack heavy goods which are stored on wooden trays or pallets or in wire cages, or to move materials around construction sites.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2018 the National Minimum Wage is £5.90 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.38 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.83 for workers aged 25 and over.

With experience this can increase to around £14.00 an hour or more, if operating certain types of forklift truck.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
8322
2 %
RISE
2023
8486
  United Kingdom
2018
130469
3.1 %
RISE
2023
134559

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Fork Lift Truck Association
Tel: 01635 277577
Website: http://www.fork-truck.org.uk
Twitter: @theflta

Skills for Logistics
Tel: 01179 278807
E-mail: contact@skillsforlogistics.co.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforlogistics.co.uk/
Twitter: @skill_logistics

Skills for Logistics is a not-for-profit organisation which is committed to providing employers, training providers, individuals, policy makers and key organisations with consultancy, information and advice on skills development, training and sector intelligence.

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