Transport and distribution clerks and assistants


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Workers in this unit group perform various clerical functions relating to the transport and distribution of goods and freight.


There are no minimum academic requirements, although entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is usually provided on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in relevant areas are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Typical tasks

  • processes customer orders and forwards requisition documentation to storage and distribution personnel;
  • formulates delivery loads, vehicle schedules and routes to be followed by delivery staff;
  • monitors tachograph readings and maintains records of hours worked and distance travelled by drivers;
  • obtains customs clearance and processes import and export documentation necessary for the movement of goods between countries;
  • maintains records regarding the movement and location of freight, containers and staff.

Common job titles

Clerk, chartering (sea transport)
Forwarder, freight
Supervisor, meals-on-wheels
Officer, chief (railways)
Officer, duty, cargo
Officer, planning, route (airlines)
Officer, freight (air transport)
Clerk, principal (PLA)
Clerk, documentation
Agent, operations, cargo
Checker (petroleum distribution)
Controller, operations (transport)
Assistant, transport
Administrator, distribution
Agent, cargo, airport
Clerk, shipping
Scheduler, transport
Checker (transport)
Administrator, logistics
Clerk, distribution
Router, bus (public transport)
Coordinator, traffic
Controller, container
Officer, traffic (port authority)
Controller, ship
Officer, transport
Clerk, cargo
Coordinator, shipping
Controller, cargo
Officer, cargo
Clerk, office, traffic
Clerk, import
Officer, port
Coordinator, distribution
Dispatcher, traffic
Assistant, logistics
Foreman, distribution (warehousing)
Officer, traffic (road haulage)
Controller, truck
Administrator, transport
Controller, fleet
Officer, traffic (airlines)
Controller of distribution
Officer, control, traffic
Organiser, meals-on-wheels
Controller, shipping
Coordinator, logistics
Officer, duty (airport)
Clerk, forwarding
Supervisor, freight
Coordinator, despatch
Supervisor, cargo
Clerk, transportation
Planner, ship
Clerk, planning, route (transport, distribution)
Officer, distribution
Controller, distribution
Router (freight transport)
Superintendent, shipping
Clerk, freight
Assistant, shipping
Superintendent, flight
Assistant, traffic
Clerk, agency, ships
Officer, regional (railways)
Clerk, export
Coordinator, transport
Clerk, traffic
Administrator, fleet, car
Officer, station (airport)
Handler, traffic
Officer, shipping (coal mine)
Clerk, transport
Controller, freight
Clerk, control, load
Controller, transport
Planner, route (transport, distribution)
Officer, crewing
Organiser, transport
Clerk, routeing
Agent, cargo
Controller, load
Operator, traffic
Clerk, logistics
Controller, traffic
Officer, executive (PLA)
Controller, logistics
Supervisor, traffic
Administrator, shipping
Officer, logistics
Administrator, services, fleet
Clerk, schedules (transport services)
Administrator, fleet
Planner, load, haulage, road
Supervisor, logistics

Education background

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