General labourers provide businesses throughout Canada with permanent or temporary workers who perform needed work that requires a low level of training but requires common sense, dependability and good work ethic.

The Job

Work realities:
General labourers often work in a shop, warehouse, dock, farm, field, or similar environment, either doing a specific job or filling in where needed. Typical duties require workers to wear steel-toe work boots and other protective garments. They should be able to follow instructions, be physically fit, be able to lift 10, 25, or 50 pounds, (depending on the job), and work on their feet for most of the shift.

Reporting to:
The General labourer usually reports to a foreman or supervisor.

Duties are varied and may include activities that assist other departments and personnel, such as cleaning, sweeping mopping, assembling, lifting, moving, and offering general assistance. Some general labourers on farms may pick crops and assist in other agricultural tasks.

Future possibilities:
General labourers may advance to supervisory positions, be trained on a wide range of equipment, and move on to other positions as they acquire training and experience.


A General Labourer position may be a good place to start in the job market or become a satisfying permanent career. Workers who are flexible, willing to work hard and attentive to their duties are highly valued on the job site.

Required Skills and Training

Many General Labourer positions require a high school education or less. Some positions may require forklift or driving training or experience.

Some companies may require experience in general labour, familiarity with industry-specific tools, experience driving a piece of equipment, or in performing a specific task.

Skills and Certifications:
Many companies prefer workers with proper commercial drivers' licenses or other certifications.


Countless Canadian companies depend on general labourers to meet their everyday needs, and Randstad has openings for entry level positions as well as jobs that require specific skills and experience.

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