Career outlook for postal delivery worker
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would sort letters and small packages before delivering them to homes and businesses. Many of the items you would be dealing with could be important, and people would rely on you to get them to the right place safely.
You would normally be based in a district delivery office, and have a round or 'walk' covering several hundred addresses. You could also work in a larger mail processing centre, dealing with incoming and outgoing mail for delivery across the country and overseas.
Many of the people on your route might get to know you quite well. Some of them may refer to you as the 'postie'.
- Sort mail by hand
- Operate automated mail handling equipment, known as integrated mail processors (IMPs)
- Deliver mail on foot, using a bicycle or by van
- Collect customer signatures for registered post and recorded deliveries
- Pick up mail from post boxes, post offices and businesses within the district
- Deal with wrongly addressed or returned mail
- Move mail to and from processing centres, delivery offices, railway stations and airports
As a postal delivery worker in a rural area, you may have extra duties, such as delivering milk and other goods.
You’d need good reading, writing and maths skills and an awareness of health and safety.
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