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Weighers, Graders and Sorters

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

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £12673. Normal pay is £19949 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £31465.



Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

Daily Tasks

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

Skills Employers are looking for

Soft skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that include how you interact with colleagues, solve problems, and manage your work

  • Active Listening


  • Active Learning


  • Learning Strategies


  • Monitoring


  • Critical Thinking


  • Speaking


  • Mathematics


  • Science


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Writing


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