What’s the difference between general and skilled labour?

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The difference between general and skilled labour

What is the difference between general labourer and a skilled labourer? We seem to be getting this question from quite a lot of clients recently. Well we would like to clear things up as there are some bad companies out there that offer you skilled labourers who cannot even tie their shoe laces.

General Labourer

A general labourer is an un-skilled labourer that generally carries out basic labour tasks like rubbish removal, site cleaning, loading and un-loading. Most general labourers have little or no experience in using some of the tools used in the construction industry today.


  • Site Cleaning
  • Rubbish Removal
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Wheel Barrowing
  • Loading Skips
  • Digging
  • Loading
  • Manual Handling

Skilled Labourer

A skilled labourer is someone who can carry out more complex task and use advanced tools to carry out those tasks. For example if a client wants the wall and floor tiles striped in a bathroom strip-out then they would require a Skilled Labourer with Jackhammers that can carry out this task.


  • Structural Demolition
  • Hand Core Drilling
  • Oxy Cutting
  • Assist Various Tradesmen
  • Floor Grinding / Floor Prep
  • Demo Saw Cutting
  • Chasing Walls
  • Concrete Grinding

We also supply our clients Demolition Labourers and Construction Labourers, these team members have over 2 years experience in the construction industry and are capable of carrying out a variety of tasks, using the majority of power tools needed on a construction site.

At Perfect Hire we provide in-house basic tool training for all our new team members. This ensures they understand the dangers of the construction industry and that they know the proper use of each piece of PPE.

After going through our in-house training each new member watches our health and safety induction video. We communicate to them the core values of Perfect and our expectations as an employer to ensure they uphold the integrity of Perfect out on site.

As well as health and safety induction and the in-house training, we also carry out random drug testing and police background checks on our new team members. This ensures we provide our clients with the best practice labour the market has to offer.

Our Skilled Labourers come with tools you need to get the job done, as part of the Hilti fleet service we only use the best quality tools on the market. So if you are looking for top quality labour with tools then order yours today with our guys in operations.