Elementary Storage Occupations

Job holders in this unit group supply berthed ships with water, oil and petroleum, load and unload cargo from ships, boats and barges, and perform other elementary goods handling and storage related tasks.


New workers
£ 14,946
£ 28,613
£ 41,774

Available jobs

In the past year there were 15,474 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • X-rays cargo.

  • Directs the movement and operation of vehicles, such as lorries and cranes, on site.

  • Removes grappling attachment from cargo and stows cargo in hold or loads cargo on to transport or into warehouses.

  • 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.

  • Arranges cargo on quayside or in hold for loading or unloading and selects appropriate hook, chain, rope, sling or other grappling attachment.

  • 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.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Warehousing

  • Palletizing

  • Manual Handling

  • Forklift Truck

  • Housekeeping

  • Machinery

  • Order Picking

  • Hand Tools

  • Numeracy

  • Painting

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Lifting Ability

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Sorting

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • Operations

  • Teamwork

  • Physical Fitness

  • English Language

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.