Chauffeurs drive clients from place to place, making sure their journey is safe and comfortable, and that they arrive on time.
1. Entry requirements
You'll need a full UK driving licence and several years' driving experience.
Taking extra driver training, like the Advanced Driving Test offered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) could help you to find work. You could also take a specialist chauffeur course like the ones offered by:
For some roles, you may need a private vehicle hire licence, also known as a PCO licence. You’ll need to be 21 years old to apply.
You may also find it useful to have:
- experience of working as a driver for the police, the armed forces or as a driver for a taxi
- car maintenance skills
Some employers may also want you to have the ability to speak another language.
You’ll also usually need an enhanced background check which your employer will arrange for you.
2. Skills required
- excellent driving skills
- customer care skills
- organisational and time management skills
- 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 work will depend on your employer.
If you work for a private household, you might take members of the family to school, work or social events. You might also do shopping or light maintenance work.
If you work for a large organisation, you’ll usually drive company clients or staff to and from meetings, and collect them from airports.
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
As a chauffeur at a limousine hire company, your work will depend on the needs of clients, and could include driving individuals and parties.
Starter: £14,000 to £17,000
Experienced: £25,000 to £50,000
These figures are a guide.
What you earn will depend on your contract. You may also get bonuses.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
Your hours could be very irregular.
You may have to work early mornings, evenings, bank holidays and weekends. You may also need to spend nights away.
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: 02 March 2018
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