How To Hire A Labourer

A labourer works in the building and construction industry and is usually a part of a team of trades workers such as plumbers, carpenters, or bricklayers. Their role is to assist with manual tasks such as carrying and moving materials, digging, and operating machinery.

The roles and tasks that labourers are required to complete are usually able to be learned quickly from on-the-job training and they are usually on their feet all day. The role requires the candidate to perform very manual and physically demanding tasks each day, and to ensure that health and safety measures are being implemented and followed at all times.

Day-to-day tasks of this role:

  • Operating heavy machinery and tools.
  • Setting up the worksite such as putting up scaffolding.
  • Ensuring health and safety is prioritized.
  • Cleaning up a worksite.
  • Unloading and packing up machinery and materials.

Recruitment Process


Skills profile for a Labourer

There are no formal qualifications required to be employed as a labourer. Relevant past experience and on the job training is favourable when applying for this role. There are some common skills required for this position.

It is important that a labourer has strong attention to detail skills. They must observe everything and ensure high quality and attention to detail in all of their work. They must ensure all work is carried out to a high standard and always be willing to double check and correct their own work, as well as their colleagues’ work.

It is essential that a labourer is willing to follow all instructions at all times. They must be able to take directions from the supervisor, as well as listen to any other team member to implement plans accordingly. They must be a good team player and work effectively as a collaborative team.

It is also important that a labourer must always prioritize health and safety above anything else. They must be conscious of health and safety in the work environment, always wear appropriate protective gear, and most importantly, advocate health and safety at all times.

Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position. ​


Labourer Job Description


  • Why is this role being filled?
  • How does this role fit into the organization and the team?
  • What makes your company unique?
  • What would it be like to work for you?


  • What technical skills are needed for this role?
  • Which soft skills are applicable?
  • What are the nice-to-have experiences of your ideal candidate?
  • Include availability preferences in this section


  • What are the key deliverables for this role?
  • What does the day-to-day of this role look like?


  • Compensation & bonuses
  • Employee benefits & perks
  • Ongoing training benefits

As labourers can work in all different workplace environments depending on the business, candidates may need to have acquired certain licenses or qualifications. For example, some organizations may require their labourers to have completed additional certificates or training programs, and on construction sites an labourer will need to acquire a white card. Labourers also usually have to drive to job sites themselves, which means the employees will need to have their drivers licence, and some may also require a forklift licence. Be sure to outline all the skills, qualifications and knowledge that is required of the successful candidate in the job description.

Ensure that the entire recruitment process from job description to assessment to interview reiterates your company vision and values. This will help you identify the right people for the role, and applicants will know whether your company is the right fit for them.


Sample skills assessment

Labourer 1
Question 1

Attention to Detail

Question Type: Doc

Have you found a mistake in someone else’s work? How did you find this? Please outline this in the document below.

Labourer 2
Question 2
Follows Instructions
Question Type: Text

How would you manage a situation where you didn’t agree with the instructions that your supervisor has provided?

Labourer 3
Question 3
Question Type: Video

Describe your previous experience on a job where it has been physically demanding.


Interview guide for a Labourer

Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The PDF interview guide contains structured questions against each of the competencies for this role.

This interview guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the Vervoe skills assessment. Where a candidate has scored Low – Medium on a skill, focus on asking more questions from that skill to gain deeper insight into their level of competency.

Get your copy of the  interview guide to complete the hiring process. Includes questions against each of the skill competencies for the role.

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