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Removals worker Removals porter

Removals workers move household and office furniture and other items from one location to another. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,000 to £22,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 42 per week

1. Entry requirements

You can start aged 16, but you’ll usually need to be at least 18 to drive a removals vehicle.

Experience in delivery driving or warehousing might be useful.

A Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) licence could also be an advantage.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may have to pass a medical.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • a friendly manner and good communication skills
  • a careful and methodical approach to your work
  • the ability to work out the most effective way to load items
  • an honest and responsible attitude to other people's property
  • the ability to read maps and follow directions

3. What you'll do

You’ll move household and office furniture and other items to new premises or into storage.

You’ll usually work in a small team. 

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • checking with customers which items are to be moved
  • taking apart larger items of furniture for packing and removal
  • removing doors, door frames or windows to get large pieces of furniture in or out of a building
  • packing items, loading them into your vehicle and securing them safely
  • driving to a new location and unloading items 

As a specialist packer, you might go to a location before the move to wrap and pack delicate items, like china, glass, artwork and antiques. You might also put furniture into special wrappings and packing cases for shipping overseas.

4. Salary

Starter: £13,000

Experienced: £22,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 to 42 hours a week, which may include weekends or evenings.

Moves between longer distances could involve overnight stays in lodgings or in your vehicle's sleeper cab.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to specialist packer, supervisor, manager, or removals coordinator. 

You could start your own company.

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Last updated: 13 December 2016