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Weighers, graders and sorters

£18,200 Average salary at age 20
£27,560 Average Salary
44 Average hours per week


Jobholders in this unit group weigh, grade and sort materials, goods and products.

Main Tasks

  • Examines hide, skins, leather, fabric, wool, rags, scrap metal, tobacco pipe bowls, fish, fibres, ceramics, produce and other goods;
  • Assesses product quality visually and by touch, and grades according to weight, thickness, colour and other quality criteria;
  • Ascertains material(s) required from order card, recipe, or specification and weighs and measures prescribed quantities accordingly;
  • Uses balances, springs, weighing platforms, automatic scales and weighbridges to check the weight of goods, products and loaded vehicles;
  • Records and calculates gross and net weight, checks delivery notes and prepares documents and labels for identification purposes;
  • Operates machines to measure lengths of rolls of material and irregularly shaped materials such as leather or sheepskin.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by short courses relating to the specific material or product being considered.

UK Prospects

14400 Workforce Size
10.04% Predicted decline 2022 - 2027
2201 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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