For those who enjoy driving, there is a variety of driver jobs available in this growing market. In general, a driver collects and delivers goods or passengers to a destination, while making sure to stick to schedules and maintain safety. The types of work regularly posted in this sector include:
Responsibilities such as loading goods efficiently and recording mileage will be demanded of a driver, whether the employer is a retailer, manufacturer or courier.
Driver Jobs Education Requirements
Basic education requirements such as good English and maths skills are important, as well as a relatively clean driving history and the appropriate licence. For delivery driver jobs, job adverts will typically state the licence needed to apply.
To drive vehicles weighing 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes, a C1 licence is essential
Anything over 7.5 tonnes requires a C licence (Class 2)
Vehicles with trailers require drivers to have a C+E licence (Class 1)
Bus and coach drivers must have a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence
On top of these licences, a driver will need to have a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
Driver Jobs Market
The job market for driver jobs is strong in areas such as delivery driving, due to the online shopping boom seen in recent years. In transport overall, 94% of the workforce are male and 64% are employed full time. The future projections for the transport sector look positive, with thousands more jobs predicted (National Careers Service).
Driver Jobs Salary Information
Salaries for delivery driver jobs average £17,000 to £21,000, which is similar to the starting salaries for HGV drivers. Over time, a HGV driver job could earn you up to £28,000 (NCS).