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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Furniture Remover. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Furniture Remover
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Furniture Remover Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Removal men/women work in small teams of between two to six, led by a foreperson, who is also usually the driver. On receipt of the removal estimator's instructions at base, they drive the removal van or lorry to the collection location.

Items are packed and loaded in an order that ensures safety and security. Procedures may vary according to the different types of vans used. The furniture removers may have to dismantle large items of furniture and remove doors, door frames or windows to get items through.

Once the packing is finished, the team drive to the new location and unload the items, following instructions from the customers. Because moves are usually on the day when ownership of property is exchanged, arrival and departure times may be critical.

Some removers may go to the house a day or two before the move to wrap and pack delicates such as china, glass, pictures and antiques. These may be specialist packers who may not take part in the actual move. In other cases the removal team may help to pack possessions, ensuring that some continuity and assistance with unpacking may be given.

Packers may also pack furniture in special wrappings and packing cases for sending overseas by ship or plane. This is a very specialised role and requires additional training.

Hours and Environment:

Basic hours are normally 39 to 40 a week, but actual working time varies to fit the time a job takes. Overtime is common and many moves take place at weekends.

The job may involve early starts to give maximum time for loading, and late finishing in order to complete the job. Delays are often likely for legal reasons or because of a chain of moves.

Long moves cross-country or to a European country, may involve periods away from home and overnight stops in lodgings or sleeper cabs.

The working environment is the cab of the removal lorry when travelling to and from base and between load and unload points.

Moving furniture can be dusty and dirty. It involves a lot of walking, bending, lifting and strenuous effort. Removal men/women normally wear overalls.

Skills and Interests:

As a removal man/woman, you should have:

  • physical fitness and stamina
  • the ability to work in a team
  • a friendly manner and good communication skills
  • the ability to determine the most effective way of loading items
  • a careful, orderly way of working to avoid damage to items
  • an honest and responsible attitude to other people's property
  • the ability to work with breakable or fragile goods
  • the ability to read a map and follow directions to reach locations
  • the possibility of obtaining a large goods vehicle (LGV) licence, or a clean car driving licence for smaller vehicles.


There are no formal entry requirements, but employers would normally expect high levels of physical fitness. In some cases, employers may insist that a medical examination be passed.

Some firms accept applicants aged 16 years, but others set a minimum age of 21.

Many firms prefer mature applicants with experience in a related field such as delivery driving or warehousing.


Some companies may offer Modern Apprenticeships leading to NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Transporting Goods by Road, and Level 3 in Road Haulage and Distribution Operations.

Larger removal companies may have formal training courses for new recruits. Training may be shortened for those who have acquired skills in comparable jobs.Most of the training will involve working alongside experienced removal men/women under supervision.

There are training courses available through the British Association of Removers including removals management, estimating, health and safety, supervisory management and removals by sea and air. These may also be used to support NVQ/SVQ training.

Driver training is normally only given to experienced removers as the driver is usually also the team leader or foreman/woman.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


There are removal companies and depots of major removal companies throughout Britain, though most are in large urban areas. As many also offer storage, their bases are often on industrial estates on the edge of towns.

Companies handling international removals offer the possibility of overseas travel. Some have acquired depots in Europe and may offer work abroad.

Promotion may be through further training to specialist packer positions or to foreman/woman. This post is normally foreman/woman driver which may involve taking a training course and test for an LGV licence.

Experienced removers who can handle mathematical calculations and visualise the space furniture and possessions will take up when packed into a van, may become removals estimators. They visit customers' premises to provide them with quotations covering price and times.

Self-employment is possible by buying or leasing a van and offering a removal service. Other prospects may be in the storage side of companies or possibly moving into management.

Annual Income:

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

There are no set rates for removal men and women. Self-employed removal men/women may earn more depending on the amount of work available and the hours worked. Income is likely to be higher for those with specialist skills such as the packing of antiques. Income for those who are not self-employed is in line with other packing and warehouse work.

Income for new entrants is around £9,100.
Experienced removalmen/women earn around £10,800.
Senior staff may earn £16,400 or more.

If removal men/women work shifts they may receive shift allowances and overtime pay.

Further information:

British Association of Removers
3 Churchill Court
58 Station Road
North Harrow
Tel: 020 8861 3331

Skills for Logistics*
14 Warren Yard
Warren Farm Office Village
Stratford Road
Milton Keynes
MK12 5NW
Tel: 01908 313360

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

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