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Furniture packers/movers pack furniture and equipment and move it between households, offices and storage places.
Furniture packers/movers usually earn
$16-$23 per hour
Source: New Zealand Movers, 2016.
Furniture packers/movers usually earn between minimum wage and $23 an hour.
Self-employed furniture packers/movers may earn more than this.
Source: New Zealand Movers, 2016.
- PAYE.net.nz website – use this calculator to convert pay and salary information
- Employment New Zealand website – information about minimum wage rates
(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the figures and diagrams in our job information)
What you will do
Furniture packers/movers may do some or all of the following:
- discuss details of moves with clients
- work out how much moves will cost
- 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.
Skills and knowledge
Furniture packers/movers need to have:
- good packing skills, including knowledge of methods of wrapping and packing furniture
- 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.
- usually work long hours, including evenings, weekends and public holidays
- work at and between offices, homes and warehouses
- travel locally and may have to travel long distances.
What's the job really like?
What sort of skills do you need?
“You've got to be able to find the right angle and work out space and volume when you are working in tight spaces. Apartment buildings can be hard because you can't really fit that much stuff around tight corners and little spaces. Moving a piano up and down stairs is always a challenge.”
Are there any hazards of the job?
“If you lift something the wrong way you might injure yourself or hurt your back, so it’s all about knowing what to do and how to do it. There’s always someone with you who can help you and tell you how to lift something without hurting yourself.”
What do you like about your job?
“It's a great job because it gets me fit, I get to meet new people and experience new things, and I have fun while I'm doing it. I’m happy I've found a job I like, and I like going home and telling people I’ve had a good day at work.”
There are no specific entry requirements to become a furniture packer/mover. However, a National Certificate in Domestic Relocations Operations (Level 2) or National Certificate in International Relocations Operations (Level 2) from the Motor Industry Organisation (MITO) may be useful.
A clean current driver's licence and/or heavy vehicle licence is useful. A clean criminal record is required by some employers, particularly for offences such as theft.
- MITO website - information about the National Certificates in Relocation Operation
- New Zealand Transport Agency website - information on getting a heavy vehicle licence
There are no specific secondary educational requirements to become a furniture packer/mover.
Furniture packers/movers need to be:
- good planners and organisers
- careful and respectful
- responsible, reliable and honest
- able to follow instructions
- patient and tolerant.
Part of the training for this job involves working alongside those who have been doing it for a while. Working with the experienced movers is good. It motivates me to get my skills up to where they are.
Useful experience for furniture packers/movers includes:
- jobs that involve packing or heavy lifting
- driving vans, trucks or heavy vehicles.
Furniture packers/movers need to have excellent fitness and health and must be strong.
Find out more about training
- Motor Industry Organisation (MITO)
- 0800 88 21 21 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.mito.org.nz
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What are the chances of getting a job?
High turnover of furniture packers/movers
People often work as furniture packers/movers for a short time as the work is physically very demanding.
Casual work as a furniture packer/mover may lead to full-time work
Your best chance of getting full-time work in furniture moving is to start as a casual employee. The best time for casual work is between December and January, when more people move house.
Employers may offer permanent jobs to casual workers who show they have the skills and aptitude for moving work.
Large and small employers
Furniture packers/movers work for private companies that range from small owner-operated firms to large international companies.
- Bennett, C, national quality manager, NZ Movers and The Moving Company, Careers New Zealand interview, October 2016.
- Frost, E, furniture mover, VanMan, Careers New Zealand interview, October 2016.
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2006-2014 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2015.
Progression and specialisations
Furniture packers/movers may progress to owning their own moving company.
Last updated 13 June 2017