A mail sorter sorts letters, packages and magazines. The mail is received at the sorting office and coded. Vans and other vehicles are unloaded and loaded using fork-lift trucks. The sorting process is automated, but machines cannot process hand-written addresses and consignments of exceptional size.
The work of a mail sorter is often based on two shifts. A lot of part-time staff work the evening shift. As the work is tied to transport schedules, the weekends are normally free. Sorting letters is light work. But sorting packages, loading and unloading, and fork-lift driving are tiring as you are working standing up. Job rotation can bring some variety to the work.
Mail sorters need to be precise, careful, and thorough and have the ability to adapt and work as a member of a team in what is sometimes contract work. They must also be of age.
Text: The Ministry of Employment and the Economy