In the UK, HGV drivers play a vital role in the country’s supply chain by transporting goods and supplies around the nation, and the last two years have demonstrated the importance of the sector to the UK economy.

There is currently a significant shortage of HGV drivers in the UK – and while this is bad news for consumers, it’s good news for those looking to join the industry as a driver. HGV driver jobs are currently plentiful, and they are well worth seeking out as they offer a lot of strong benefits, including excellent pay, the freedom of being on the road, and the ability to ‘become your own boss’.

If you’re considering a career in the driving sector, continue reading to see Gi Group’s ‘4 reasons why becoming a HGV driver might be the perfect job for you.’

 

Earning potential

Let’s be honest, one of the most important aspects of any new job is the salary – and with a job as a HGV driver, you won’t be disappointed. While the typical starting salary starts at around £20k, the current driver shortage has seen demand heighten and salaries increase, meaning the earning potential has become even more significant (depending on experience and training). The average salary for HGV drivers is between £30k – £40k but can differ depending on the employer. What’s more, most roles have the ability to earn extra incentives and bonuses too!

 

Job security

A well-trained HGV driver will always be in demand – especially with the current driver shortage – meaning you will never have to worry about your job security. And as we have already seen with Covid-19, the world can be a volatile place, so it’s a smart move to get yourself a career that offers that extra layer of security to protect your future.

 

Freedom

If you’re the kind of person who can’t stand the thought of working a 9-5 stuck behind a desk or in a factory,becoming a HGV driver might be for you. Everyone has different lifestyles and responsibilities they need to work around, and with HGV driving, you can choose the hours that work for you. What’s more, a career in driving gives you the freedom to get out and explore the country, meet new people and allows you to listen to your favourite playlist while at work!

“Once you are in your own vehicle, you are your own boss – to a certain extent!” – Rob, Gi Group HGV Driver

 

Easy to get into

Becoming a fully certified HGV driver is easier – and less expensive – than you might think. Gaining the right certifications to drive a HGV doesn’t require a degree, but you will need to undergo a number of tests before you can get behind the wheel. Firstly you will need to be over the age of 18 and have a category B driving licence. Then you will need to complete a medical and apply for your provisional lorry drivers licence. Once you have this you’ll then need to pass a theory and practical test and gain your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence qualification.

It may sound a lot but the whole process only takes between 8-10 weeks and once qualified you’re ready to go. The costs of lessons aren’t too expensive either, especially when you consider the money you could be earning once you are up and running as a HGV driver. There are also many incentives to encourage new drivers to qualify so you may not even have to pay.

 

Do you need more information on becoming a HGV driver? Get in touch with our team to discuss the role in more detail – or alternatively, take a look at the HGV driver roles we have available.