Working as a lorry driver in the UK is a rewarding job. You’ll get to travel to new parts of the country, handle your own time, and work with many different people. Plus, the wage is higher than you might expect.
Are you interested in becoming a lorry driver in the UK?
Firstly, you should check the UK lorry driver job requirements, to make sure you meet the criteria.
UK Lorry Driver Job Requirements
To be a lorry driver in the UK, there are certain requirements you have to meet.
- You have to be over the age of 18
- You need a full UK driving licence (Class C). You need to have held this licence for at least a year before you can apply.
- Hold a CPC (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence). This is a professional driving qualification needed to drive vehicles which weigh over 3500kg.
To get a CPC licence, you’ll need to apply for a bus licence or a HGV licence (on a provisional basis). There’s 5 tests you need to qualify, and it requires 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to stay qualified.
Once you’ve ticked all these boxes, you’ll be able to start applying for a lorry driver job in the UK.
Desirable Skills and Qualities
Working as a lorry driver isn’t as simple as people think. While you’ll need to be a great driver, there are other skills and attributes that employers will look for. Employers from logistics companies will look for candidates who are
- Able to take responsibility for loading and unloading
- Organised and realistic with their time
- Able to concentrate
- Able to fill out paperwork correctly and accurately
Also, while it’s not always essential for every lorry driver job, some employers will search for candidates with previous experience in logistics. For example, if you’ve worked as a courier driver in a smaller scale vehicle and this may be advantageous to your application (but it’s not always necessary for every lorry driver job).
Lorry Driver Job Overview
There are different types of lorry driving jobs. You might be regional, and only work within a certain area of the UK. Or you might travel all over the country for national loading and unloading.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in lorry driving, then Multistaff Recruitment can help.
How to Secure a Lorry Driver Job in the UK with Multistaff Recruitment
Multistaff Recruitment has a knowledgeable team of driver recruitment experts who can help you apply for lorry driving jobs in the UK.
When you have an interview to become a lorry driver, you will be required to undertake a medical assessment and a background check. If you choose Multistaff Recruitment, we sort out any pre-screening and arrange any DVLA or reference checks for you.
Why Multistaff for Lorry Driving Jobs?
Whether you’re looking for temporary or permanent lorry driving work, Multistaff can help you secure a lorry driver job in the UK. We have a large driver company network on our database, so we are well connected.
We pride ourselves on our 1 hour turnaround, with an impressive 24/7 service. We are always in the know – we keep fully up to date with any changes in legislation.
Find lorry driving jobs with Multistaff’s driver recruitment team!
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