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Removals worker

Alternative titles for this job include Removals porter

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

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

43 to 45 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends away from home

How to become

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How to become Removals worker

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly

Direct Application

You would apply directly to removals companies and then receive on-the-job training. You do not need any particular qualifications to start.

Good customer service skills are important for dealing respectfully with clients and their belongings.

More Information

Career tips

Experience of delivery driving or warehouse work could help.

Further information

You can find out more about this job, including specialist training opportunities, from the British Association of Removers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • active listening skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • administration skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a good level of fitness
  • pass a medical check

You may need an LGV licence if you're going to be driving a larger removals lorry.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You'll usually work as part of a team to:

  • check with customers which items are to be moved
  • take apart larger items of furniture for packing and removal
  • remove doors, door frames or windows to get large pieces of furniture in or out of a building
  • pack items, load them into your vehicle and secure them safely
  • make sure fragile or sentimental items are handled with care
  • drive to a new location and unload items

Working environment

You could work at a client's home, at a client's business or from a vehicle.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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

You could start your own removals or house clearance company.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Removals worker right now.

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Courses In England

Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Warehousing and Storage

  • Start date: 30 July 2024
  • Location: Durham

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for Warehousing

  • Start date: 01 January 2025
  • Location: Dudley

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