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The role of a postman is to sort and deliver post to addresses on a set route on a daily basis. Many postmen start early and work into the afternoon. The job is ideally suited to someone who likes to be outdoors and enjoys walking or cycling. It is important to have a friendly attitude and to be well-present while on duty
Being a postman requires no formal qualifications but most employers require candidates to have a full driving license and a reasonable level of fitness. Some companies provide training courses for successful applicants and the opportunity to complete an NVQ Level 2 in mail services.
The average salary for a postman varies depending on age and experience but typically about £21,000 per year can be expected. Many who start out in the post delivery department work their way up to become managers. Employment in this sector can be found with Royal Mail or other private UK postal services.


Postmen or Postwomen are required to deliver letters, parcels, and cards to businesses and homes. They are part of the logistics sector because they keep constant contact between business and people. These workers can also collect letters from places of work, post offices and post boxes within a district. They walk to deliver letters and also drive bicycles and cars depending on location and package size.

Postmen usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Sorting mail by hand.
• Taking mail from post boxes.
• Delivering mail.
• Loading mailbags.
• Getting signatures for some deliveries.


• Having suitable physical condition.
• Having math skills.
• Having interpersonal abilities.
• Being reliable and trustworthy.
• Having good memory.
• Being able to work in all weather conditions.
• Being polite.
• Having smart appearance.
• Being punctual.
• Being able to work alone and with a team.


Postmen jobs do not have formal entry requirements and applicants just need to be over 18 years old. They need to pass different tests including a fitness assessment, competency interview, and an aptitude test. Some job placements require a driving licence for delivery tasks using a car.

Royal mail offer apprenticeships for young people from 16 to 24 years old.

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