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Chauffeur Driver

Chauffeurs drive clients from place to place, making sure their journey is safe and comfortable and that they arrive on time.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need a full UK driving licence and, usually, several years' driving experience.

It may help you to find work if you've completed extra driver training, like the Advanced Driving Test offered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Some employers may also have specific requirements, such as the ability to speak a foreign language or car maintenance skills.

When applying for jobs, it may help you if you have previous experience of driving work, for instance as a driver for a taxi firm, the police or armed forces.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent driving skills
  • excellent customer care skills
  • excellent timekeeping 
  • basic knowledge of vehicle maintenance
  • geographical and route knowledge
  • the ability to deal calmly with unexpected circumstances or delays

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • picking up clients and taking them to their destination
  • helping passengers with their luggage
  • helping passengers get in and out of the vehicle if required
  • providing journey information
  • making sure that the vehicle is clean and well maintained for each job

Your work will vary depending on your employer. If you work for a private household, you might take members of the family to school, work or social events. You may also have other duties, like shopping or light maintenance work. If you work for a large organisation, you may drive company clients or staff to and from meetings, or collect them from airports.

As a chauffeur at a limousine hire company, your work will depend on the needs of clients, and could include driving individuals and parties.

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £17,000

Experienced: £25,000

These figures are a guide.

Earnings will depend on the contract, location and bonuses.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Your hours could be very irregular. You may have to spend nights away, and work early mornings, evenings, bank holidays and weekends.

Split shifts, temporary and part-time work is also common.

6. Career path and progression

You could go on to set up your own business. You could also be a 'lead driver' and train other chauffeurs.

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Last updated: 04 April 2017