Port Operative

  • Job posted:
  • Terms:
  • Employer:
    First Military Recruitment
  • Hours:
  • Job Title:
    Port Operative
  • Salary:
    £23,063.00 - 23,063.01 per year + plus bonuses
  • Location:
    Marchwood, Southampton (SO40)

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.

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

£23,063 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


  • 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)

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