Pay for furniture packers / movers varies depending on skills and experience.
Furniture packers / movers usually start on $16 an hour.
Those with a Class 2 heavy vehicle licence usually earn $18 an hour.
Those with a Class 5 heavy vehicle licence usually earn $26 an hour.
Sources : Conroy Removals and New Zealand Van Lines, 2018.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Furniture packers / movers may do some or all of the following :
discuss details of moves with clients
take an inventory of items and record any marks or damage
drive a truck or van
wrap and pack goods
carry furniture, cartons and other items to the furniture removal vehicle
load and secure items
unload items and unpack them
reassemble any furniture that has been disassembled
clean and tidy moving sites and equipment.
Skills and knowledge
Furniture packers / movers need to have :
good furniture-packing skills
knowledge of how to safely move difficult items such as pianos
health and safety knowledge
the ability to pack a truck so that it is balanced
the ability to read office plans and road maps
good driving skills
strong customer service skills.
Furniture packers / movers :
usually work long hours, including evenings, weekends and public holidays
work at and between offices, homes and warehouses
work in hard-to-access environments such as houses on steep hills
travel locally and nationally.
There are no specific entry requirements to become a furniture packer / mover. However, a driver's licence and / or heavy vehicle licence is useful.
A clean criminal record is required by most employers.
Furniture packers / movers need to be :
good planners and organisers
careful and respectful
responsible, reliable and honest
able to follow instructions
good at communicating
patient and tolerant.
Useful experience for furniture packers / movers includes :
jobs that involve packing or heavy lifting
driving vans, trucks or other heavy vehicles
labouring experience for example, on a building site.
Furniture packers / movers need to have excellent fitness and health and must be strong.