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What does general labouring include?

General labourers are skilled in a range of maintenance and labour tasks. Many have a trade background with specific skills in one area, while others are happy to work under your direction and provide a willing hand with whatever you’re doing. Here are some of the most common general labouring tasks and what you can expect:

Cleaning and maintenance

Common labouring jobs involve cleaning, especially cleaning up a worksite after tradespeople have finished. They’ll start by clearing out larger debris using a wheelbarrow and shovel, and loading it into a skip or trailer. Next, they’ll sweep the area to remove small debris, dirt, and dust. Finally, they may mop or pressure wash all suitable surfaces (depending on whether it’s inside or outside), paying special attention to any stains, mortar, or grout that’s been left behind.

Trades assistance

While labourers aren’t necessarily licensed tradespeople, they do often help out tradespeople with plumbing, carpentry, and building tasks. Carpenters or builders may get help with removing old structures, moving wood, steadying framework, and other tasks that need an extra pair of hands. Plumbers may need help with cleaning up, moving pipework, and lifting parts. In any case, the licensed tradesperson will oversee the work and ensure it is carried out safely and to a high standard.

Digging holes and trenches

General labouring often involves digging - especially by hand. Your labourer will bring their own shovel and other required tools, or you may supply the tools at the worksite. They may help dig holes for fencesdig trenches for drainage, remove stumps, or level out soil ready for landscaping.

Moving and loading 

Your labourer can help move materials from one part of your site to another or load them onto a truck or trailer. These materials could include soil, gravel, roadbase, timber, bricks, paving, garden waste, corrugated iron, rocks, plants, and even furniture. They’ll use a combination of tools, depending on the job, including shovels, forks, wheelbarrows, and gloves.

Recent General Labour tasks in Adelaide

8 Hours of Labour. No experience required


Adelaide SA, Australia

14th May 2023

We have a project roll out for Ray White nationally. Recently we installed a 120 inch LED wall in the head office at Level 2, 431 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000. The Client wants to go with another option and remove the LED wall and install it in the Sydney office. Due to the delicacy of this, I myself and a Lead Technician are flying down on Tuesday the 16th of May and heading to site to start de installing the wall and load it into a van and drive this back to Sydney. We will be completing the works the following day Wednesday the 17th. I am needing someone to assist us for 8 hours on that Wednesday the 17th of May. No experience needed. - Due date: Needs to be done on Wednesday, 17 May 2023

The perfect help! Exactly what I needed

Labour required


Magill SA 5072澳大利亚

7th May 2021

need one person to help me remove the carpet

Brickwork render labourer driver


Mount Barker SA 5251, Australia

13th Apr 2020

must have experience in brick laying and rendering more work for helping line a shed with ply board walls and ceiling ,erect stud wall and line with same

I need general labour


Beulah Park SA 5067, Australia

9th Feb 2020

Help with Mounting posts for railing, help unloading

General Labourer


North Adelaide SA, Australia

20th Jan 2020

General physical labouring. Stripping out a toilet block for renovation. Must be fit and able to work consistently.

Kelvin was a great help, got stuck into it with no fuss. Would use Kelvin again without hesitation.