We are looking to recruit right now.
There are 2 (or 3) positions open. Each is detailed in turn with contact details at the bottom.
We are happy to receive applications from staff at rival companies as much as we are from fresh faced newbies – but only if they are certain it is time for them to move on. If coming from another firm or if you have previous experience in the industry or close to it, such as Estate Agency or Conveyancing it’s an obvious advantage,
Whilst we like to have a lot of fun here there is a steel backbone of rules and guidelines that underpin our service, so if after reading the description/s below you think ‘yes, that is me’, then great – get in touch. However, please, if you do not fit what is written below then we respectfully request that you consider carefully if you wish to apply.
The role requires physical fitness, a smart, tidy appearance, good personal hygiene and individuals who are well mannered and polite. Age is no barrier but aptitude and view on life is! We have no time for sullen behaviour, miserable attitudes nor people who struggle to look up from their phones. You’ll need a thick skin. We’re old school, that means this company and your colleagues will be there for you through thick&thin, however it also means when needed the hairdryer will be out, and pointing in your direction (do an internet search for ‘Alex Ferguson Hairdryer’). We don’t have time for snowflakes.
Customers come first, second and third on the list of priorities, only after that do we worry about anything else. Without them we’re all bug&*”ed. This should be foremost in your thoughts at all times.
Salaries here target and exceed the living wage, not the minimum wage.
Driving Licence : We are happy to consider applicants both with, and without. That said, if you hold a Cat C / HGV License then you already have an advantage. We’re also keen to hear from soon to be school leavers who might be more suited to a manual type job (let’s face it we can’t all be academic superstars and the world is a varied place) and who are either not going to college or who may only be studying for a couple of days per week from now on. We would consider younger applicants around their studies if those studies are only 2 or 3 days per week, as well as those looking for full time ‘proper’ employment (there are no zero hours contracts here!).
If you’re a great person, and you fit in here then training for driving license, or further qualifications can easily be arranged. Your contract of employment will encourage personal development with incentives along the way.
There is an 06:30 start time which is roughly once every two to three weeks during busy months and more like once every 6-8 weeks when quiet. Tardiness is not acceptable here. On average the time everybody rolls in here is circa 08:15 (where we brief and drink coffee for 15 minutes before commencing duties).
Current age range of Removalist staff here is 17 to 59 so age is no barrier (either down or up!). The person writing this started at 14yrs old as the Saturday lad delivering furniture.
Remember a CV simply tells us where you have been, and not who you are.
If you are incapable of speaking the Queens English and choose to converse in either text speak, or via Chav chat, then it is probable that you might not win the right to wear our uniform, you must be able to talk to and chat with our customers properly. Our staff are considered professionals, as such, only those capable of adopting a professional attitude fit in here.
These positions are not on fixed hours, however on average the start time will be 08:30, with one 06:30 start once every two to three weeks on average. Hours overall are then varied. In any given year, our employees will barely ever work 40 hours per week, however during peak periods late finishes are very possible. During off peak periods there is plenty of time off available, and many days will be only 4 or 5 hours long. We also offer a scheme on quiet days where additional days off can be taken at a reduced rate of pay without affecting holiday entitlement.
Basic pay is the same month on month.
4 or 5 day employment options available as full-time (separate to any school leavers requiring less if applicable)
Basic Salaries are based on National Living Wage at @38 actual worked hours per week, however for higher qualified and / or experienced applicants, higher than this may be possible. Overtime is paid at a flat rate equating on average to @£17per hour. Overnight stays are in proper hotels (no backstreet B&B or sleeping in the cab) with an additional £65 payment (per night) through PAYE to drivers and £40 to non-drivers. When this is needed (@3 or 4 times per year) @5-8 days notice will be given. It is highly unlikely, but possible that on some occasions no more than once or twice per year overseas stay of 2-4 nights may be needed so applicants must hold a passport and be able to do this.
Overtime is plentiful during peak periods and there is certainly the possibility to exceed £1500 per year in overtime fairly easily; plus the potential of the same in bonuses (performance related). We have, for the last decade or so always been in a financial position to pay Christmas bonus’ to staff. The lowest bonus issued over the last decade for a removalist staff member who had been employed for the full year was @£400 with the largest bonus @£1500. Staff members coming in now may be required with 5 days or more notice (minimum) to work a Saturday at the overtime rate.
Currently there are two other bonus schemes also in operation worth £250 each related to customer satisfaction.
If you think this could be for you then please apply to Donna :
The Saturday role.
20 years ago this would have been titled ‘Saturday Lad’. The typical person filling this role in the past was aged 15-17. This individual will need to understand that washing vehicles in the summer when it’s 27degrees, you’re only in shorts or maybe shorts and a t-shirt, the tunes are on, and its money for old rope (ask your parents about that saying, or possibly grandparents) is a vastly different proposition to doing the same job when its chucking down with rain or when its 2degrees outside and cold. In other words the correct candidate is likely to be hardy (or will become hardy). The author of this description did this role yonks ago, 2 current removalist operatives did this role (both have been here over ten years). One former holder of this role 20 years ago went on to become very senior in the Met no less. Alex we still miss you.
It will also require preparing packing materials, cleaning inside the storage facility and effectively being a janitor. An important role, it forms the basis of our standards.
If you’re the type who will get caught on camera pee’ing around with your i-phone every ten minutes do not apply. If you’re the type who thinks you can turn up the following morning suffering from a hard Friday night and we should just ‘suck-up’ your idiocy and stupor, do not apply.
If you’re decent, honest, capable, fair minded and want to join our team as a valued member of staff, who isn’t afraid to simply do a job well and wants to be paid on the good side of fair for their efforts….Apply.
Contact Matt or Donna