Elementary storage occupations


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Workers in this unit group supply berthed ships with water, oil and petroleum, load and unload cargo from ships, boats and barges, convey household and office furniture, goods, equipment or other items in or near warehouses, depots, slaughterhouses, etc., prepare requisitions or despatch documents of stocks held, accompany drivers of road vehicles, and perform other elementary goods handling and storage related tasks.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically provided off- or on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in Cargo Operations and in Distribution and Warehouse Operations are available at Levels 1 and 2.

Typical tasks

  • attaches hoses to ship’s flow connections, starts pump to transfer oil, petroleum or water to and from a ship and uncouples hose system when loading/discharging is complete;
  • arranges cargo on quayside or in hold for loading or unloading and selects appropriate hook, chain, rope, sling or other grappling attachment;
  • attaches winch or crane hooks, slings, ropes or clamps to load, signals to crane driver to commence lifting, visually checks that load is balanced and ensures that route is clear for movement;
  • removes grappling attachment from cargo and stows cargo in hold or loads cargo on to transport or into warehouses.
  • loads and unloads goods from removal vans or delivery vehicles either by hand or using trolleys and lift trucks;
  • packs furniture and household goods into crates and cartons for storage;
  • undertakes the loading and unloading of goods and conveys goods about storage area;
  • retrieves stored items as listed on order sheets, makes up orders against requisitions and prepares goods for despatch;
  • accompanies driver on journey and assists with manoeuvres and to load and unload vehicle.

Common job titles

Operator, port
Worker, cargo
Dispatcher, goods
Man, order
Attendant, stores
Carrier (docks)
Man, storeroom
Foreman, stores
Labourer, storekeeper's
Loaderman, ship
Latcher, crane (steelworks)
Assistant, auctioneer's
Worker, depot
Bobber, fish
Handler, freight (warehousing)
Teemer, coal
Attendant, silo
Helper, ladle
Humper (meat market)
Attendant, house, powder
Operative, jetty
Unloader (docks)
Keeper, store and vault, bonded
Foreman, room, grey (textile mfr)
Worker, transport (waterways)
Hand, room, grey
Labourer (warehousing)
Loader, fish
Mate, emptier's, gulley
Keeper, linen
Counterman (wool warehouse)
Porter, motor
Assistant, room, grey
Checker, load
Man, explosives (mining)
Operator, control, stock
Worker, dockside
Associate, warehouse
Checker, stores
Checker, supports
Runner, deal (timber merchants)
Foreman, depot
Man, stockroom
Worker, despatch
Handler, cargo (docks)
Operator, jetty
Assistant, room, sample
Foreman, yard, steel
Lasher, car
Labourer, stores
Man, dispatch (bakery)
Porter, night
Man, room, drug
Worker, room, grey (textile mfr)
Attendant, room, lamp
Despatcher, goods
Assembler, grocer's
Porter, furniture
Hand, room, pattern
Carrier, prop
Operative, preparation, service, ambulance
Attendant, elevator, goods
Attendant, explosives (coal mine)
Foreman, receiving
Porter, goods (canals)
Operator, warehouse
Worker, dock
Foreman, yard (auctioneers)
Assembler (wholesale, retail trade)
Porter, general
Supervisor, warehouse
Worker, supply (retail trade)
Worker, room, pattern
Cellarman, oil
Sorter, order (mail order house)
Attendant, customs
Operative, store, cold
Man, transport (docks)
Picker (warehousing)
Worker, bond
Checker, steel (coal mine)
Stower, ship
Operative, bay, loading
Minder, tool
Sheeter (docks)
Picker, stock
Foreman, yard, timber
Hand, removal
Carrier, deal
Keeper, repository, furniture
Man, weft
Counter (printing)
Picker, warehouse
Trimmer, coal (docks)
Assistant, driver's, van
Porter (timber yard:
Banksman (civil engineering)
Follower, crane
Keeper, pattern
Tipper, coal (docks)
Assembler, order
Man, gear (docks)
Taker, stock (steel smelting)
Attendant, statutory
Labourer (haulage contractor)
Labourer (docks)
Loader, timber (docks)
Attendant, lamp (coal mine)
Collector of parts
Foreman (repository)
Supervisor, store
Assembler, warehouse
Foreman, dock
Supervisor, despatch
Keeper, magazine
Keeper, vault
Man, room, weft
Assistant, room, sale (auctioneers)
Man, room, stock
Worker, transport (docks)
Porter (transport)
Steward, shore
Man, yard
Warehouseman, chief
Member, team (warehousing)
Labourer, quay
Hand, jetty
Foreman, bay, loading
Porter, van
Selector, stores
Foreman, jetty
Assistant, keeper's, store
Attendant, loading, barge
Keeper, stationery
Selector (government)
Porter, warehouse
Labourer (builders' merchants)
Foreman, warehouse
Lander, fish
Runner (docks)
Assembler, load
Operative, port
Carrier, set
Labourer, dock
Feeder, stock
Numberer, piece
Checker (coal mine)
Foreman, room, pattern (textile mfr)
Keeper, house, ware
Stocktaker (rolling mill)
Labourer, ship
Operative, removals
Keeper, tool
Attendant, room, linen
Collector, stock
Hand, warehouse
Loader, warehouse
Supervisor (mail order house)
Attendant, room, grey
Man, ballast
Man, powder
Cellarman (wine mfr)
Labourer, pitwood
Keeper, granary
Checker and weigher
Attendant, crane
Worker, dispatch
Lifter, freight
Leader, team, warehouse
Keeper, die
Assistant, bay, loading
Porter (manufacturing)
Carrier, deal (docks)
Assistant, drayman's
Labourer, stevedore's
Assistant, general (wholesale trade)
Selector, spares (vehicle mfr)
Assistant, supplies
Stockman (manufacturing)
Man, intake
Filler, stock
Loader, boat
Foreman, store
Foreman, timber (docks)
Caller-over (glass mfr)
Porter, goods
Storewoman, superintendent (PO)
Carrier, pitwood
Keeper, store, head
Foreman, despatch
Latcher (steelworks)
Crew, dock
Bobber (fish dock)
Porter, despatch
Carrier, box, fish
Hand, leading (warehousing)
Pitcher (meat market)
Loader and unloader
Porter, coal
Bunker (docks)
Labourer, quayside
Master, baggage
Foreman, room, lamp (coal mine)
Worker, port
Assistant, stevedore
Contractor, removal
Foreman (warehousing)
Assistant, resource, ambulance
Assistant, despatch
Man on lorry, second
Assistant, store
Operative, despatch
Foreman (removal contracting)
Attendant, magazine
Keeper, stock
Remover, furniture
Ripener, banana
Shipper (docks)
Operative, ready, make, service, ambulance
Storeman, ordnance
Worker, warehouse
Worker, store, cold
Attendant, van
Trimmer (docks)
Trimmer, boat
Keeper-clerk, store
Labourer, waterside
Trimmer, ballast
Carrier, timber (docks)
Counter (textile mfr)
Humper (slaughterhouse)
Labourer, riverside
Assistant, driver's, lorry
Labourer, warehouse
Leader, team, stockhandlers (warehousing)
Assistant, delivery
Foreman (timber merchants)
Keeper, store
Hand, storage, cold
Attendant, room, tool
Checker, stock
Maid, linen
Worker, yard
Attendant, store
Picker, slate
Mate, driver's
Taker, number
Worker, fish (docks)
Assistant, warehouseman's
Foreman, staithes
Chainman (docks)
Assistant, driver's (road transport)
Mate, driver's, grab
Checker, timber
Filler (docks)
Operator, store, cold
Mate, driver's, crane
Loader, dockside
Foreman (ordnance depot)
Stocker (tinplate mfr)
Loader, barge
Checker, dock
Porter, dock
Porter (docks:
Railman (docks)
Man, room, cotton
Foreman, shipping
Tackleman (docks)
Foreman (auctioneers)
Attendant, plan
Picker, order
Banksman, crane
Porter, meat
Assistant, warehouse
Assistant, driver's, crane
Chamberman (cold storage)
Member, team, warehouse
Assistant, room, pattern (textile mfr)
Porter, timber (furniture mfr)
Assistant, operations (warehousing)
Despatch, goods
Man, warehouse
Loader, lorry
Operative, hub
Foreman, yard, stock
Man, wharf
Operative, warehouse
Cellarman (wine merchants)
Man, material
Heaver, coal
Tallyman, timber
Stocktaker (steel smelting)
Man, room, grey
Assistant, yard
Attendant, explosive (coal mine)
Storeman, chief
Attendant, room, plan
Packer, removals
Storeman, head
Assistant, driver's, dumper
Lampman (mine: not coal)
Assistant, remover's, furniture
Checker, linen (hotels, catering, public houses)
Operator, despatch
Puller-back (meat market)
Man, removal
Picker (engineering)
Stacker and packer
Attendant, room, stock
Porter, timber
Man, room, store
Porter, stores
Worker, ship
Stevedore, superintendent
Taker-in, piece (textile mfr)
Worker, room, cotton
Labourer, wharf
Man, elevator
Foreman (docks)
Holder, store
Discharger (docks)
Hand, despatch
Loader (docks)
Pickman (coal mine)
Man, despatch (bakery)
Man, dock
Porter, timber (timber yard)
Worker, room, stock
Cellarman (textile mfr)
Lumper, fish
Foreman, stock
Foreman, hatch
Foreman, quay
Porter, store
Taker, stock (rolling mill)
Hand, dispatch
Handler, cargo
Porter, laundry
Labourer, fish
Foreman-ganger (docks)
Labourer, pontoon
Worker, silo
Foreman, wharf
Finder, tool
Keeper, warehouse
Banksman (manufacturing)
Minder, hatch
Trimmer, barge
Checker, goods
Checker, inwards, goods
Keeper, plan (railways)
Assistant, room, linen
Tipper (docks)
Attendant, wharf, oil
Counter, bobbin
Ganger (docks)
Foreman (PLA)
Assistant, stores
Filler, order
Lampman (coal mine)
Man, room, pattern
Checker (warehousing)
Hand, room, order
Shedman (docks)
Waterman, dock
Mate, driver's, lorry
Lumper (docks)
Handler, art
Carrier, bag (docks)
Tipper, ballast
Signalman (steelworks)
Labourer (fish processing)
Lifter (warehousing)
Labourer, jetty
Man, baggage

Education background

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