Delivery drivers use a vehicle to make deliveries from warehouses, pick-up points, depots, businesses, institutions, banks, hospitals or other locations. There is a constant need for professional drivers to ensure that deliveries are made safely and in a timely fashion. It is the delivery driver's responsibility to: collect the goods from various locations, load the goods onto the vehicle, plan the route to ensure the delivery will be made on time, unload the goods when reaching the destination, obtain signatures for the transported goods, and hand over invoices, customs declarations and other documentation, keeping track of mileage and fuel levels in the process. Drivers will have various other responsibilities depending on the employer, the destination and the type of cargo. People interested in driving a car for work in general may be interested in car driving jobs. Often, with increased experience in the industry, many drivers turn to administrative roles, such as warehouse supervisor jobs.
Delivery Driver Job Education Requirements
Employers have straightforward requirements for their aspiring delivery drivers, including basic English and Maths skills, good eyesight and colour vision, a clean driving record, and a suitable driving licence. Drivers with a driving licence issued before the 1st of January 1997 are allowed to drive vehicles of up to 7.5 tonnes with no need for a separate licence. Drivers with a licence issued after the 1st of January 1997, however, must obtain a C1 licence to be able to drive vehicles heavier than 3.5 tonnes.
Delivery Driver Job Market
More delivery driver jobs have been made available this year than in 2014, and their number is expected to grow steadily until 2020 as the UK's operations and logistics sector will likely flourish over the next 5 years.
Delivery Driver Job Salary Information
According to recent statistics, the average delivery driver's annual salary is around £17.000 in the UK. However, depending on the employer, the driver's responsibilities and the schedule, the salary can exceed £26.000 p.a. Lorry drivers can earn substantially more, particularly those who travel internationally, and their schedule may be more flexible.