Courier Parcel delivery driver, delivery van driver
Couriers collect packages, documents and messages, and deliver them to customers.
1. Entry requirementsThere are no set requirements, but you’ll usually need English and maths skills, and good knowledge of your local area.
You’ll need a driving licence for the type of vehicle you’ll be using and a good driving record. Your employer may supply you with a delivery van, but if you’re self-employed you’ll need your own vehicle.
You’ll need your own motorbike if you want to work as a motorcycle courier.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- excellent driving skills and road sense
- English and maths skills for keeping delivery and expenses records
- the ability to work to tight schedules
- the ability to read maps and plan routes
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- collecting the schedule of pick-up points and delivery addresses from your depot
- planning routes and sorting packages into order
- finding the quickest route to delivery addresses
- signing for packages that you pick up and getting signatures when delivering them
- keeping paperwork and delivery records up-to-date
Starter: £14,500 to £18,000
Experienced: £19,000 to £23,000
Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £40,000
Many couriers are self-employed and paid per delivery, earning between £30 and £150 a day.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYour working week may include evenings, weekends or shifts. Part-time work is often available.
As a motorcycle or bicycle courier, you’ll mainly work in city centres and surrounding areas. This is a physically active role, so you’ll need to have a reasonable level of fitness.
If you work as a van courier, you may have to spend time away from home, as some companies deliver goods across the country.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a depot controller or start your own courier business.
You could also train to drive large goods vehicles (LGVs).
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Last updated: 13 December 2016