Courier drivers can be owner drivers, driving their own vehicles as part of their work, or drive the car or van provided by their employer. A professional courier driver may need to upgrade his driving licence and insurance. Such jobs are not highly paid, but are available, especially in and around cities.
Driving careers in the UK
With many motorways connecting the city populations of the UK, long distance driving is a regular job and often a lifelong career. Other driving careers include delivery jobs for such as High Street stores or courier jobs, carrying smaller loads to household addresses.
HGV driving careers Professional jobs in driving are most visible as lorry driving, known as HGV driving because of the special training and qualifications needed, that lead to gaining the Heavy Goods Vehicle licence. These jobs are also known as haulage jobs, implying that heavy loads and large cargoes are carried by road over long distances. HGV drivers are career drivers for one employer, usually a haulage contractor, or they are owner drivers of one lorry.
Courier careers Driving employment in the UK often develops from private individuals gaining some occasional or part-time paid courier work using their own vehicle. This is called owner driver courier work. When the driver has acquired a good reputation and, possibly, upgraded their driving licence, then they may gain employment with a courier firm.
Finding courier driver jobs
(1) First, try the local job centre for listed driving vacancies, and gain some experience in either casual work or in getting through the CV and interview stage of job application.
(2) If you have time and money to invest in specific career training and licence improvement, try the facilities offered at Drivingjobs.co.uk - the website offers very detailed advice for driver careers.
(3) If driver owner is your way into driver jobs, try trawling the internet for suitable agents such as Freelance-couriers.com or Drivinguk.net or Courierexchange.co.uk.
Rates of pay and expenses Rates are variable. Freelancers are promised in excess of £900 per week by some agents, but this would depend on you taking every job offered and working many hours. Others offer £350 a day, petrol paid for. These agents offer full or part-time options, but do not forget to check out what special insurance you need and what your tax liabilities would be as a self-employed person.