With over 60% of goods in the UK being moved by road, most driver job vacancies are for large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers. And with an average salary of around £30,000+ and the chance to be your own boss, the advantages are obvious.
According to the latest government statistics, in 2015 freight drivers transported 1.65 billion tonnes of goods in the UK alone (an 11% increase on 2014), driving a combined total of 18.4 billion kilometres (a 9% increase on 2014). What the statistics show is that there is an increasing need for freight drivers, and in our own experience we know that companies have a greater need for drivers of all types of vehicle. If you’re thinking about a career behind the wheel, here’s our short focus on driving jobs to help you decide.
With the popularity of buying goods online, delivery drivers have a wide range of responsibilities, from couriering business documents and goods, delivering supermarket shopping, furniture and white goods, pharmaceuticals to chemists, and even secure transit of cash and jewellery etc. You will need to keep records of deliveries, mostly through handheld computers.
To become a tanker driver, you’ll need to get your LGV licence, a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and you may need ADR training if you’re carrying dangerous goods. You could be transporting goods such as foodstuffs, fuels, waste, hazardous chemicals or even concrete. The job is physically demanding and you will probably be working shifts which could include nights and weekends. However, this will be reflected in your salary and an experienced tanker driver could earn up to £35,000 a year.
Also known as HGV drivers or lorry drivers, you will need to be happy with your own company as you’ll be spending a lot of time away from home. Working hours are, on average, 42 a week, but the nature of your work will mean there will be times you will have to be away overnight. For more information, read our blog about becoming an HGV driver and view our latest driver jobs in Hertfordshire, Essex and London.
Being a community transport driver will keep you close to home, although you will being doing a lot of driving. You will be collecting and dropping off passengers who will probably have mobility problems, so you will need to help them on and off the vehicle, which may involve lifting and manual handling training. You will also be responsible for keeping the vehicle clean and tidy.
You will need to be physically fit for a refuse collector job as it will involve moving bins of all shapes and sizes quickly and efficiently. You will frequently come into contact with members of the public so you need to be professional and polite. The hours will be regular, though with early starts, and you will be working in all weathers.
If you are looking for driving work, click here to see the driving jobs we currently have available, or contact us to let us have your details.
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