Removals worker

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What's it like?

You would carefully transport people’s furniture and personal possessions when they move house. Or you could help move the furniture, equipment and paperwork for a business into new premises.

You would usually work in a small team. At the start of each shift, your team would pick up details of the day's jobs from the office and travel in the removals van to the first location.

You would:

  • Check with the customer which items are to be moved
  • Take apart larger items of furniture for packing and removal
  • Pack items in boxes
  • Load furniture and boxes into the van and secure them safely
  • Drive to the new location or to a storage facility
  • Unload the items and put them where the customer wants them

Sometimes you might have to temporarily remove doors, doorframes or windows to get large or awkward pieces of furniture out of the building.

As a specialist packer, you might go to the location a day or two before the move to wrap and pack delicate items, such as china, glass, artwork and antiques.

You may also put furniture into special wrappings and packing cases for shipping overseas.

Moving house can be a very stressful time for people. They will trust you to be careful with their possessions so everything arrives on time without any damage.

You’d need to be able to work out the most effective way to load items into the van. The ability to read maps and follow directions would also be useful.

Working conditions

Hours

You would normally work between 37 and 42 hours a week, possibly including weekends.

Travel

Apart from local moves, you may have to travel around the UK or abroad, which could involve overnight stays in lodgings or in your vehicle's sleeper cab.

Environment

You would spend most of your time in your vehicle, but would also have to unpack and move items outdoors in all weathers.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Following instructions
  • Being physically fit

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role. Most employers value a good general education.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths

You will also need

You may require a driving licence or Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) licence for some jobs. 

Helpful to have

Once in a job you may be asked to complete British Association of Removers (BAR) courses (e-learning).