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everything you need to know about general labour jobs

As a general labourer, you assist Canadian businesses on a permanent or temporary basis, performing much-needed work that may require a low level of training but a high level of common sense, dependability and a strong work ethic.

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average salaries of general labourers in canada

As a general labourer, you're most likely paid an hourly rate, ranging from minimum wage in your province to as high as $19 per hour, once you have several years of experience under your belt.

General labourer salaries tend to be on the low end of the salary spectrum because there's a lot of turnover. Those who gain experience in general labour jobs are likely to move on higher paying supervisor roles, or transition into other more specialized fields.



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what general labour jobs entail

Your work may take place in a variety of locales including a shop, warehouse, dock, farm, field, job site, or similar environment. Depending on the needs of your employer, you may be required to do a specific job, or fill in wherever you are needed.

Though you probably won't wear a uniform, you may be required to wear steel-toe work boots and other protective garments. Usually you report to a foreman or supervisor.

In the course of your work day, you may keep a job site clean, load, unload and deliver materials, work with scaffolding, or support other specialized contractors. On a construction site, you might be required to control or direct traffic or erect barriers or traffic cones.

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your day to day work

As a general labourer, your duties are varied and may include activities that assist other departments and personnel. Some general labourers on farms may pick crops and assist in other agricultural tasks.

Most general labourer jobs, however, will include duties like:

  • cleaning
  • sweeping
  • mopping
  • assembling
  • lifting
  • moving

You may also provide general assistance to other workers with more specialized tasks.

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where you can work

As a general labourer, you can work in just about any industry or type of business. Some of the industries that require general labourers frequently include retail and warehousing, maintenance, construction, and agriculture.

Given the general nature of your work, you'll have no trouble finding work anywhere in Canada.


what you bring to the table

Workers who are flexible, willing to work hard and are attentive to their duties are highly valued. Though general labourer jobs are generally considered low-skill level, you must be physically fit and able to endure a full workday on your feet. You are diligent, focused and able to clearly follow instructions. You work well both on your own and in a team setting and are able to communicate with your coworkers clearly.


training and certifications

Most general labourer jobs will require a high school education or less. Occasionally general labourer roles may require a driver's license or training operating a forklift or other heavy machinery. Some companies may also require prior experience performing a particular task or familiarity with industry-specific tools.

where your career is headed

A general labourer job is a good place to start in the job market, as it doesn't require much skill or experience, and there's lots of opportunity to quickly advance. General labourer work will also allow you to try different industries and tasks to better define your interests and strengths.

You can graduate into supervisory positions, be trained on a wide range of equipment, or move on to other higher paying roles as you acquire training and experience.


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