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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 Bendigo

Need labourer for d day


Golden Square VIC, Australia

31st Aug 2022

i had a fall need someone to go on top of the roof n tack some sheets - Due date: Needs to be done on Thursday, 1 September 2022

Labourer for odd jobs n gardening


Golden Square VIC, Australia

20th Aug 2022

need someone wheeling soil for gardening. dig couple of holes n small painting n holding timber’s for me to put up a frame. cash work for few days - Due date: Before Sunday, 21 August 2022

Labourer/Handyman $250 per day


Epsom VIC, Australia

17th Apr 2021

I’m after a labourer/handyman in the Epsom/Bendigo area. Mostly Removing old carpet and internal painting. Approx 5 days work.

Labourers needed to remove fenced wall to patio


Mia Mia VIC, Australia

15th Jul 2019

Labourers needed to take down fenced wall to patio area (photos included). Also flower beds, paving and chook pen to take down. Must have own tools. Windows & wooden panels to be removed safely so we can use else where. 2 labourers are needed for one day through the week or over this weekend. Location is Mia Mia, 10 mins from Heathcote.

Vineyard Work (labouring)


Redesdale VIC, Australia

3rd Feb 2019

We have a 10acre vineyard located in Redesdale that needs the help of two workers to undertake labouring tasks with our netting. We've applied nets to prevent our crop from being destroyed by birds although, the nets now need to be tired down with clips and holes in the nets repaired. The work is unskilled, is outdoors and is possibly two days in duration. You will be trained on the job.