Why Work In Warehousing [INFOGRAPHIC] - BSE UK

Why Choose A Career in Warehousing? [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Warehousing industry is becoming less and less popular as a career choice with millennials, raising concerns that an ageing workforce could lead to a skills shortage in the future of this vital sector.

Despite this, a career in warehousing is not only rewarding and well paid but with the rise of AI, it can provide job roles suitable for those with more technical skill sets. Take a look at our infographic where we look at the size, scope, opportunities and future of the industry we love.

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Warehousing and Storage: By The Numbers

  • 173,382 employees are currently employed in the industry, note that this applies only to the warehousing sector and doesn’t include logistics, transport and other categories that are sometimes also factored in.
  • Of these employees, a vast majority (166,214) are based in England.
  • 35 per cent of all stock held by warehouses across the UK is to supply the retail sector. A driving factor of this sectors massive growth is to e-commerce.
  • There are 1,500 individual warehouses units in the UK – covering 424 million sq ft of land.
  • Of this space, 18% (78 million sq ft) is in the East Midlands.

Variety Of Traditional Jobs Available In the Warehouse

There are a number of roles available in the warehouse to suit just about any skill set. These roles don’t all involve manual labour or heavy lifting. Some of the most common roles include:

  • Picker (often part-time or temp work available) - £15,000 annually.
  • Forklift Operator - £18,579
  • Warehouse Supervisor - £23,000 annually.
  • Warehouse Floor Manager - £32,500 annually.
  • Transport Manager - £32,500 annually.
  • Operations Manager - £37,500 annually.

The Benefits Of AI to The Industry

Whilst many consider AI to be the downfall of the industry for employees, the rise of the robots holds many benefits:

  • Up to 20% savings on operational costs, enabling businesses to reward employees better.
  • A safer working environment for employees.
  • Improved efficiencies in the warehouse.
  • Lots of different job roles created such as AI software developers, automated shift manager and automation engineer.

What Skills Do I Need to Get to the Top?

A lot of the skills you need to become a high-paid managerial employee at a warehouse are learnt on the job, you may also be accepted onto a junior management course if you have a degree in any of the following subjects:

  • Business information systems.
  • Business with languages.
  • Business, management or
  • Operational research.
  • Retail management.
  • Supply chain management.
  • Transport, distribution or logistics.

With the right attitude and mindset, a successful career in warehousing is completely possible with no degrees or previous experience.

Continual Growth of the Industry

With space becoming more and more in demand, the industry grows in value year upon year. Current there is 110 million sq ft of warehouse space in construction, with the bulk of this being built in the South East, East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire.

There is an additional 5.1 million sq ft of warehouse space in development stages, that’s roughly the size of 80 full-size football pitches!

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