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Postman or Postwoman

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Postmen or postwomen collect, sort and deliver mail to private homes, shops and business premises within a particular area. They are sometimes called postal workers.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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

Starting pay for Royal Mail postal workers is £7.77 an hour at 17 years old and £9.99 an hour at age 18 and above.

Subject to satisfactory performance, pay can increase at 6 months (£10.54) and 12 months (£11.10) after starting (rates as at 2018). Higher rates may be paid in different parts of the UK. You may also earn overtime and shift allowance.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You would normally work for Royal Mail which is part of the Royal Mail Group. Vacancies are displayed on the Royal Mail's website.

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
12064
1.6 %
FALL
2023
11875
  United Kingdom
2018
148855
1.2 %
FALL
2023
147125

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The main employer is Royal Mail but you may also find jobs with other licensed mail companies. Royal Mail usually begin to recruit temporary workers for the busy Christmas period from October each year.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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