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Top General Labour related questions

A general labourer is someone who provides assistance across a broad range of tasks, most involving physical strength. Most tasks involve basic skills and are generally done outdoors, although some parts of the job may be indoors or involve using transport.

A general labourer’s duties involve completing tasks as directed by their supervisor. This will usually involve a combination of lifting, moving, digging, and cleaning.

Common general labourer jobs involve cleaning up after tradespeople, building, or renovation work. It’s also common to hire a labourer to help with digging holes, installing fences, and garden maintenance.
No. General labouring tasks don’t require any advanced skills or qualifications. However, your labourer may have completed a trade like carpentry, cabinet making, or plumbing.

Some labourers will supply their own tools for a job, but it’s always best to check ahead of time to make sure they come prepared.

You can usually hire a general labourer from around $100-$250. The cost will depend on the type of task and how many hours you need them to work for.

A general labourer is someone who provides assistance across a broad range of tasks, most involving physical strength. Most tasks involve basic skills and are generally done outdoors, although some parts of the job may be indoors or involve using transport.
Common general labourer jobs involve cleaning up after tradespeople, building, or renovation work. It’s also common to hire a labourer to help with digging holes, installing fences, and garden maintenance.

Some labourers will supply their own tools for a job, but it’s always best to check ahead of time to make sure they come prepared.

A general labourer’s duties involve completing tasks as directed by their supervisor. This will usually involve a combination of lifting, moving, digging, and cleaning.

No. General labouring tasks don’t require any advanced skills or qualifications. However, your labourer may have completed a trade like carpentry, cabinet making, or plumbing.

You can usually hire a general labourer from around $100-$250. The cost will depend on the type of task and how many hours you need them to work for.

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.

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Labourer for general jobs

£50

New Charlton, Greater London

25th Apr 2022

Remove wall tiles and old sanitary and bring tiles to bathroom

Fit my own new clutch so labour charge only

£250

California, Suffolk

28th Jan 2022

My clutch was slipping for weeks, then for some reason it completely stop slipping and was running as normal, I had to go on a long run and a noise began and there was vibration at the clutch pedal it sounded like it was the thrust bearing. I came to junction and could no-longer select gear and the clutch pedal became very stiff. I had to get the car recovered. - Due date: Before Thursday, 3rd Feb 2022

12 dbi 868 Antenna installed (labour only)

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Hanwell, Greater London, W7

15th Nov 2021

Hello **Please read carefully** I live on 1st floor in a block of flats, theres ground floor, 1st floor and second floor (second floor flats has an upstairs) My flat is located at the end of my block near some steercases. There is a communal arieal system (big gray box on the side of my wall) about that right up to the roof top is the arieal system with a pole. Since my flat is closest to this arieal pole I would like to request a labour service to have the following item arrected on top the pole. I have these items below and just require installation labour. 1 x 15 dbi Antenna 868mhz 1 x Lighting Arrester inline 1 x HFD400 cabling 15m The Antenna being installed is for my hotspot miner. Please note if the 868mhz Antenna will interfere with the other arieals please kindly advise if its better to just install a pole further away from the existing one. I have plenty photos of the area , box, arieal, wall, height were the work needs to take place. Please kindly get in touch asap if you need these to give me a rough estimate. Thank you - Due date: Flexible

General labour

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Hornsey Vale, Greater London

2nd Sep 2021

Dig a hole for a soakaway 1.5m deep 2m2...carry 6 boxes of tiles from front to bag garden. Electric drill to break up mud will be available on site by other gentleman who will be there to help

Worked really hard, on time, pleasant character.

Required skilled labourer/Handy man

£70

South Oxhey, Hertfordshire, WD19

4th Mar 2020

Require help on home project, must be skilled and comfortable with working alone to instructions, a mixture of the following jobs will be expected # cut and fix plasterboard # joint tape and fill # sanding, filling and painting # building stud walls # running cables and fitting back boxes for electrician( clear instructions will be given and no working on live will be expected) # running pipes for plumbers 7 hour day £50 10 hour days £70 Possibly ongoing but minimum 2 weeks No Cscs or tools required

Labourer Needed

£400

Brook Green, Greater London, W6

9th Apr 2019

This is to strip a one bed, empty flat ready for work to be completed. E.g. Remove wallpaper in bedroom and lounge. Take out old bathroom and kitchen units. Take off internal doors and hinges, flooring, strip ceiling etc I am Flexible in terms of when it can be done but will be in early May.

Labour or handyman or builder

£100

Tooting Bec, Greater London, SW17

4th Aug 2018

dig a hole for the foundation [ atrial pit ] inspection for structural engineer to look. location; Tooting sw17 budget;100 pound

Labourer, painter and decorator

£90

Cox Moor, Nottinghamshire

17th Mar 2022

Need someone to paint and decorate a house. Do some wood work and general stuff around the home. I will also need an electrician and plumber which I am currently still looking for so you wil be working with Then if you are not qualified. Day rate is the estimate I’ve put. I am Flexible in terms of when you work during the day or weekend. - Due date: Flexible

General Labourer

£130

Shrivenham, Oxfordshire

7th Dec 2021

Assist foreman in Installing heras panels (site setup) Building fabric strip out, remove granite floor tiles Remove external paint markings Below ground drainage works eg remove sub stacks, form new drainage run, create new openings. Erect and fix internal hoardings Strip out servery counter and WCs and suspended ceilings. Some minor external works - Due date: Needs to be done on Wednesday, 8th Dec 2021

Labourer wanted

£100

Clapham, Greater London

12th Sep 2021

To remove plaster from walls. Must be experienced tidy and punctual.

Labourer for rip-out

£90

Highfields, Leicestershire

20th Aug 2021

Seeking labourers to help with the following: Strip out property - carpets, skirting boards, doors, door frames, kitchen, bathrooms, bedroom cupboards, radiators, wallpapers Demolish internal stud walls

Roofer/Labourer

£60

Flowery Field, Greater Manchester

2nd Jul 2019

I require help Stripping a tiny roof. Taking slate Refelt & Rebattern How much will some one charge me for a half a days work.

Can d any manual house labour work

£250

Charing Cross, Greater London

14th Mar 2019

Laying down new floor tiles etc spot lights

Patio awning arm replacement (part and labour)

£600

Southwater Street, West Sussex

26th May 2022

Patio awning arm has broken so needs replacing. - Due date: Flexible

Fit two new window handles (labour only)

£20

Ponders End, Greater London

28th Feb 2022

I would like someone to professionally replace two window handles with new ones which I will provide. - Due date: Flexible

Help labour

£120

Quabrook, East Sussex

7th Dec 2021

Help with a wood burning stove installation - Due date: Needs to be done on Wednesday, 8th Dec 2021

Builders Labourer

£100

Acton, Greater London, W3

5th Sep 2021

Help with bathroom and wall removal

Labour/handyman

£5

Beddington Corner, Greater London

8th May 2021

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Gardener/ Labourer

£40

Alameda Place, Greater London

5th May 2019

Small patio garden in Bow, East London. Needs the following done; -take out roots of a creeper plant -remove broken wooden tresil from brick wall -empty compost from 2 large planters, repair planters (requires drill and screws) > refill planters -removal of large green storage box approximately 4 hours work paying GBP10 per hour Ideally work done on Sunday but can be flexible

Skilled labourer to help me work on a barge

£480

Limehouse, Greater London

4th Nov 2018

I need some help with putting up partitions using 3x2 and chipboard, painting, cutting floorings to size and general labouring and cleaning for a week. Hours are 9-5. Must be comfortable with basic power tools. You will be working with me each day so if that is an issue please do not apply.