Removals Worker

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Transport & Logistics

What you will do:

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


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • administration skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • customer service skills
  • active listening skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure (leadership skills)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to use your initiative (ambition/drive)
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Removals Worker, there are typically no specific requirements. However, having a good general education can be advantageous. Here’s a list of subjects that can help you in this profession:

  1. English: Good communication skills are important when dealing with clients and coordinating moves. Being able to understand and follow instructions is also crucial.
  2. Mathematics: Basic math skills are essential for measurements, calculating costs, and managing inventory.
  3. Geography: This subject can be helpful for understanding different areas and planning efficient routes for moving.
  4. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can be beneficial for handling furniture and equipment effectively.
  5. Physical Education: Physical fitness is essential in this physically demanding job. Staying in good shape can help prevent injuries.
  6. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Basic computer skills can be useful for scheduling and record-keeping.

Post School

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.

Career tips

Experience of delivery driving or warehouse work could help.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 43-45 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends away from home.

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

Career Path & Progression:

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

You could start your own removals or house clearance company.