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:


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

Starting pay for Royal Mail postal workers is £8.13 an hour at 17 years old and £10.46 an hour at age 18 and above.

Subject to satisfactory performance, pay can increase at 6 months (£11.04) and 12 months (£11.62) after starting (rates as at 2019). Higher rates may be paid in different parts of the UK. You may also earn overtime and shift allowance.


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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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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


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 September each year.


Courtesy of Royal Mail


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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