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Delivery van drivers collect a wide range of items and deliver them to customers.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £27,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 36 to 48 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set qualifications but you'll usually need:

  • basic English and maths skills
  • a good driving record and the correct licence

You may need to be over 21 and have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months.

Many vans are less than 3,500kg. If you drive vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,000kg, you may need further training depending on when you passed your driving test.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent practical driving skills
  • the ability to work quickly and to tight deadlines
  • lifting and carrying skills
  • the ability to complete record sheets and paperwork

3. What you'll do

You may deliver parcels, letters and documents, groceries, furniture or equipment. This could be for postal or courier services, supermarkets or retailers. Your vehicle could vary in size, depending on the load and your licence.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • collecting goods from a depot, warehouse or pick-up point
  • loading the vehicle in an order that matches the deliveries you'll make
  • planning the route
  • greeting customers, getting signatures and giving invoices when you deliver
  • recording mileage and fuel you buy
  • updating delivery records
  • returning undelivered items

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000

Experienced: £20,000

Highly Experienced: up to £27,000

Some employers offer bonuses for attendance and for reaching work targets.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work between 36 and 48 hours a week, including evenings and weekends. Some courier companies may expect you to drive through the night.

For safety reasons there are legal limits on drivers' hours, depending on the type of vehicle.

For some jobs, you'll be given a uniform and specialist clothing.

The job is physically demanding.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could complete training for a large goods vehicle (LGV) licence for opportunities in freight transport and tanker driving.

If you take specialist training, like defensive driving and personal security, you could drive vehicles containing cash and valuable items. You'd also usually need a Security Industry Association (SIA) licence for this.

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Last updated: 10 September 2018