Large goods vehicle driver

Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) drivers (formerly HGV drivers), collect, transport and deliver goods in rigid vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, articulated lorries and lorries pulling trailers.

Tasks

  • Undertakes minor repairs and notifies supervisor of any mechanical faults.
  • Maintains records of journey times, mileage and hours worked.
  • Drives vehicle to destination in accordance with schedule.
  • Assists with loading/unloading and ensures that load is evenly distributed and safely secured.
  • Agrees delivery schedule and route with transport management.
  • Drives vehicle from depot to loading/unloading point.
  • Checks tyres, brakes, lights, oil, water and fuel levels and general condition of the vehicle.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 28% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£21,528

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for large goods vehicle driver is £21,528

11,636 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 11,636. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for large goods vehicle driver roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £21,528 per year. That is about £1,794 per month or £11.04 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,782, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £32,136

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 11,636 people are employed in the region.

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