Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers and couriers


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 collect, receive, sort and deliver mail, documents, correspondence or messages, either between or within establishments.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. A medical examination may be required. Entrants complete short induction courses followed by a programme of off- and on-the-job training. NVQs/ SVQs in Mail Operations are available at Levels 1 and 2.

Typical tasks

  • collects mail from post boxes, receives parcels, and collects correspondence, documents and other material from individuals, offices or other establishments;
  • sorts mail, parcels and other incoming and outgoing material for delivery, and maintains records of material received and despatched;
  • delivers mail, parcels, correspondence and other materials to specified or agreed routes and schedules;
  • completes delivery forms, collects charges, and issues receipts for the collection and delivery of registered or recorded mail and other items.

Common job titles

Deliveryman (newsagents)
Driver, collection (PO)
Postman, head
Messenger, chief
Clerk and telegraphist, sorting
Sorter (parcels delivery service)
Boy, paper
Stamper (PO)
Supervisor (PO: sorting office)
Lad, order
Courier, bank
Executive, postal (PO:
Assistant, facilities
Clerk, postroom
Waiter (stock exchange)
Inspector of postmen
Supervisor, room, mail
Officer, controlling (PO)
Clerk, post
Girl, paper (newsagents)
Boy, delivery
Postman, works
Distributor, newspaper
Postwoman, grade, higher
Worker, postal
Sorter (PO)
Rider, dispatch
Messenger, head
Sorter, head (PO)
Assistant, room, post
Sorter-loader (parcels delivery service)
Worker, office, post
Clerk, mailroom
Assistant, room, mail
Manager, line (PO)
Officer, supervising (PO)
Assistant, sorting (PO)
Inspector (PO)
Deliverer, allowance
Forewoman (PO)
Sorter, post
Inspector, assistant (PO)
Deliverer (newspapers, magazines)
Distributor, circular
Boy, newspaper
Attendant (government)
Deliverer, parcel
Supervisor, chief, senior (PO)
Inspector, postal
Officer, outdoor
Supervisor, mail
Operative, room, post
Roundsman (newspaper delivery)
Attendant, room, mail
Deliverer, book
Messenger, Queen's
Sorter, postal
Handler, parcel
Clerk, sorting (PO)
Supervisor, postal
Postwoman, head
Sorter, mail
Sorter, parcel
Porter, room, post
Supervisor of sorting assistants (PO)
Cadet, postal
Deliverer, newspaper
Distributor, leaflet
Taker, copy (publishing)
Supervisor, room, post
Girl, shop, tailor's
Agent, delivery
Overseer (PO: sorting office)
Postwoman, works
Worker, delivery, postal
Clerk, room, post
Clerk, postal
Postman, grade, higher
Clerk, room, mail
Sorter, letter
Attendant, room, post

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.