Port Operative

Location : Southampton, Hampshire, England
Job Ref : JA758
Consultant : James Alexander
Sector : Transport, Logistics
Salary : £24,522 - 24,523 per year


JA758 – Port Operative

Location – Southampton

Salary – £24,522 enhanced by annual bonus payments


First Military Recruitment is working in partnership with our client, a leading port operating company who provides capability to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to maintain National Security to recruit Port Operatives to support port operations. As this role is a Sponsered Reserve position there are strict age limitations of 43 for civilians and 50 for veterans aswell as other criteria in regards to physical fitness which must be met. 

The Role

A varied cargo operations role supporting the MoD in both the UK and overseas. Applicants will be trained (in company time) to become Sponsored Reserves (SR) gaining valuable experience in both the MoD and civilian environment. This exciting and varied role offers a 40-hour working week with long term job stability.


  • Mooring of vessels
  • Loading/unloading and securing cargo
  • Use of specialised heavy plant and machinery
  • Opportunities to deploy worldwide on short assignments (2-5 days)
  • Opportunities to deploy worldwide for long durations (up to 6 months)

Essential Requirements

  • 5 years UK residency
  • Valid passport with 6 months remaining at all times
  • Full, valid UK driving licence
  • Physically and medically fit
  • Pass UK Government Security Clearance
  • Desirable Requirements
  • Previous military and/or stevedoring experience
  • GCSE: English and Mathematics or undertake entry level 3 Literacy and numeracy tests

Salary and Bonuses

  • £24,522 per annum, plus the opportunity to receive the following bonuses.
  • On completion of training: £2,300
  • After Year 1: £444
  • After Year 2: £982
  • After Year 3 & 4: £1,517
  • After Year 5 and onwards £1,759
  • In addition, for working abroad, individuals will receive a further payment of £1,000 per month or pro-rata whilst working away (up to a maximum of £6,000 for a 6-month deployment).


  • 20 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays (increasing with service)
  • Pension scheme
  • Enhanced sick pay – on completion of probationary period
  • Free parking
  • Access to free gym
  • Medical cover (upon mobilisation)

Location: Southampton

Salary: £24,522

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