Ramp Agent

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Ramp agents load, unload and move baggage and cargo around an airport, both landside and airside (before and after the security boundary). They also carry out inspections, hazard checks and operate equipment such as stairs and bridges.

The Work

You could be:


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

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

As of 1 April 2020 the National Minimum Wage is £6.45 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £8.20 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £8.72 for workers aged 25 and over. With experience, this can rise to around £10.00 an hour.

Overtime and shift allowance payments can greatly increase salaries.


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Job Outlook Scotland


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Job Outlook Scotland

4.4 %

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

Scotland has six main airports: Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick. There are also about a dozen small airports serving individual Scottish islands.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Aviation job search website

People 1st - Careers That Move
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People 1st is the Sector Skills Council for the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries. Careers That Move is in association with People 1st and the UKSP. It is the careers website for passenger transport and travel.

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