I am employed as a Stevedore in the UK. My duties include the loading and unloading of cargo from ships. This may be anything from bulk cargos, such as coal and fertiliser to wood and steel. We also work on the docks, operating FLTs, cranes, tugs and other heavy equipment.
Our hourly rates range from £6.50 per hour to £12 per hour, dependant on the job requested. The average salary can rangefrom £15000 to £35000 per year.
In the UK, we are required to undergo some basic training:
Port Health and Safety (2 day course)
Slingers and Banksman Course (2 day course)
Medical (within the last 5 years)
Most ports will make these mandatory requirements for a Stevedore.
You can also also train to the NVQ Level 2 in Stevedoring Essentials.
If you want to increase salary I would recommend aquiring a Fork Lift Truck certificate, Tug Masters Certificate and if possible a crane operators certificate. You can also look at getting a Skid Steer Certificate.
All these will no doubt provide you with more work and a bonus of receiving a skilled pay rate.
Unlike our american collegues we are not part of unions (unless you want to voluntarily join one, UNITE is the current union that represents dock workers).
You will rarely find jobs on docks with guaranteed hours, some weeks their may only be 2 or 3 days of work, and some weeks you may not get any time off whatsoever.
Safety is paramount when working on the docks. Drugs and Alchohol are strictly forbidden (YOU WILL BE RANDOMLY TESTED FOR DRUGS AND ALCHOHOL, SO DRINKING OR DOING DRUGS AT ANY POINT BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER A SHIFT WILL BE PICKED UP BY THE SPOT TESTS AND DISMISSAL WILL BE INSTANT)
I love my job as a dock worker and recommend this to anyone.