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Helping you find a career as a Postal delivery worker

A postperson is responsible for collecting and delivering post. It’s a simple but demanding job, especially during peak times such as Christmas and Easter. If you have a good knowledge of your local area, are physically fit, and don’t mind early starts, then being a postal worker could suit you.

It’s worth noting for school leavers that Royal Mail runs a fast-track nine-month apprenticeship scheme for people aged 16-18.


What does a Postal delivery worker do?
Sorting and delivering post are the main responsibilities. This includes visits to home addresses and businesses, collecting signatures for some deliveries, and re-directing wrongly-addressed mail.

Delivery offices open at 5.30AM which means an early start, but it often means an early finish too!
Skills & interests required for a Postal delivery worker
  • Physically fit (although sorting office roles are less demanding in this respect)

  • Good with directions and maps

  • Good knowledge of your local area

  • Friendly manner

  • Reliable, trustworthy and a good timekeeper

  • Happy to deal with early starts and bad weather
What hours does a Postal delivery worker typically do?
40 hours per week for full time postal workers. This may involve working 5.30AM - 1PM on a typical day, for example. There are also plenty of openings for part-time and seasonal work.
What environment is a Postal delivery worker based in?
You’ll be travelling around an assigned geographical area.
How much does a Postal delivery worker travel?
Yes. You’ll drive the company’s delivery van to deliver post. You will not have to pay for petrol or upkeep.
How much does a Postal delivery worker get paid?
Depending on experience and hours worked a postal worker could earn between £13,500 and £25,000 a year, on average.
Perks & benefits
You will be well known in your community and if you can get to grips with the early starts then the early finishes could be a good reward.
What qualifications does a Postal delivery worker need?
There are no set educational requirements but you will have to pass an aptitude test to check that you are comfortable in reading and understanding written addresses.

To work as a delivery driver you will also need a full UK driving license.

Royal Mail’s fast-track schemes offer various entry routes into a career in postal work and can offer qualifications (NVQs) too.
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