Hospital porters


Average Annual Pay

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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Hospital porters perform various manual tasks in hospitals to assist nursing and domestic staff with the care of patients.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. Entrants must typically pass a medical examination and may be required to hold a driving licence.

Typical tasks

  • lifts, escorts and wheels patients between hospital wards;
  • assists with the delivery of meals, laundry, medical supplies and post to the wards or theatres;
  • moves hospital equipment and furniture;
  • collects and disposes of refuse from wards and other departments;
  • assists with unloading and delivery of supplies.

Common job titles

Porter, general (hospital service)
Porter, hospital
Porter, night (hospital service)
Porter, ward
Supervisor, portering (hospital services)
Porter, hall (hospital service)
Porter, domestic (hospital service)
Porter (hospital service)
Porter, head (hospital service)