Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
9d ago

Pay for storepeople depends on their employer, level of experience, and their responsibilities.

  • Unskilled storepeople usually earn the minimum wage.
  • Semi-skilled storepeople earn about $18-$20 an hour.
  • Skilled storepeople can earn $22 an hour.
  • Warehouse managers / distribution supervisors can earn $28 an hour.
  • Sources : Pay Scale NZ and Superior Personnel, 2015.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Storepeople may do some or all of the following :

  • receive and unpack incoming goods
  • make and take orders for goods
  • assemble and pack outgoing orders, and send them out
  • check the quantity and quality of goods coming in, and going out
  • check invoices and keep records up to date
  • drive a forklift or use a pallet jack to unload or move goods.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Storepeople need to have :

  • knowledge of the type of goods they are handling
  • knowledge of stock control and storeroom / warehouse procedures
  • knowledge of health and safety regulations and procedures to minimise any potential hazards
  • skill operating machinery such as forklifts or pallet jacks
  • people management skills if in a management or supervisory role.
  • Storepeople :

  • can work regular business hours but shift work is common, which may involve irregular hours or night work
  • generally work in warehouses, storerooms, and large open spaces
  • work in a variety of conditions, depending on the type of goods involved.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become a storeperson, but some employers may require you to have a National Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health (Workplace Safety).

    If the job involves using a forklift, you will need a Class 1 driver licence with an F endorsement.

    The NZ Defence Force also recruits and trains people with similar skills and duties to storepeople.

    Warehouse managers more experienced

    Warehouse managers need to have previous experience in a warehouse. A National Certificate in Distribution at Levels 2, 3 or 4 may also be useful.

    More advanced qualifications in logistics and transport management are also available.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements, but English and maths are useful.

    Storepeople need to be :

  • accurate, with an eye for detail, as they need to record which goods have been received and dispatched
  • honest, as they have access to their business's goods
  • able to work well with others.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for storepeople includes :

  • retail work
  • work as a courier
  • truck or forklift driving
  • work involving taking inventories.
  • For those wanting to get into management roles, any supervisory or management experience is useful.

    Physical requirements

    Storepeople need to be reasonably fit and strong, as much of their work involves lifting and standing up for long periods.

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