HGV Job Overview A heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver is someone who collects and transports goods using a vehicle ...
HGV Job Overview
A heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver is someone who collects and transports goods using a vehicle weighing at least 3.5 tonnes (lorries, tankers, trucks, etc.). Around 300,000 HGV drivers are employed in the UK, hauling a range of raw materials and goods to destinations in the UK and abroad. Responsibilities in this area of work include maintaining safety, sticking to schedules, planning the best routes, completing paperwork and logging data. Drivers often collect from and deliver to warehouses and depots, dealing with anything from foodstuffs to dangerous chemicals. Many HGV drivers are interested in operating other types of machinery, so Crane Operator Jobs or Forklift Jobs can also be appealing.
HGV Job Education Requirements
Drivers of heavy goods vehicles require an LGV license and Certificate of Professional Competence. To pass the theory part of the test for this licence, it's important to be English literate and capable in maths. Other requirements include being at least 18 years of age, having a clean or good full car license, having good eyesight and being healthy enough to pass the medical. The LGV test is split into categories depending on the type of vehicle you want to drive. For vehicles weighing less than 7.5 tonnes a category C1 pass is needed, while for larger vehicles there is a category C test. The contents being transported may also necessitate further training or qualifications. In particular, transporting dangerous goods requires drivers to hold an Advisory Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) certificate.
HGV Job Market
Throughout the UK, it is estimated that up to 60,000 new drivers will be required in the next five years as workers reach retirement age. The job openings will be found across the whole range of industries and company sizes, to there will be a relatively good selection.
HGV Job Salaries
Salaries for HGV jobs usually start at £18,000 with some employers offering up to £22,000. Over time, the experience gained allows drivers to earn as much as £28,000, while specialist drivers transporting dangerous chemicals can command up to £35,000 annually.