Originaly a name given to a building site labourer, the meaning of "Shovel monkey" has since expanded to include any unskilled worker.
Spike: Icould do with a coffee.
Sam: Get the Shovel monkey (Nick) to make one, he's just a cockerny twat anyway.
n. Originally a person employed to dig small holes or move gravel from place to place but now used in an unflattering manner to describe office or retail workers on low rungs.
If there's too many boxes to unpack just get a couple of shovel monkeys to help.
Really? Wow! I thought I was a shovel monkey.
You are, but today you can have some lesser shovel monkeys to boss around. No flicking feces at them though.