Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers in the UK experience a high degree of stability. It is a highly sought-after job, with openings available all over the country, especially in the retail and transportation sector. If you want a secure job with many work opportunities, becoming a lorry driver may be a good option for you.
Almost all of us get annoyed with our employers at some stage of our working life. Letting off steam about the matter to family and friends can sometimes be helpful. However, you need to think very carefully before you vent your frustration on social media. You need to remember that the internet is a media platform, and that your bosses may find out what you have said.
If you are a driver seeking work via an agency, make sure that any agency you sign up with has its own drivers’ negligence insurance in place.
It can be difficult to find policies that will allow you to insure yourself as a self-employed driver, and as we shall see, any company that hires you will not wish to use its own insurance policies to claim for any damage you may cause.
The UK definitely needs more lorry drivers, with several studies having estimated a shortfall of 50,000 or more. So, what are the skills and attributes needed to become a successful HGV driver? If you are already an experienced driver, what can you do to become even better at your job? And if you are considering driving as a career, is it the right path for you to follow?
Many studies have suggested that there is a shortage of around 50,000 lorry drivers in the UK. Other data indicates that around three quarters of drivers are aged 45 or over, suggesting that the problem will only get worse as the existing workforce reaches retirement age. The number of applications for HGV licences has fallen by as much as 45% over five years, and the trade body The Freight Transport Association says that the recruitment problem is the biggest issue it faces.
Drivers’ negligence insurance provides cover for accidental damage caused by drivers who are hired via agencies.
If a company uses a driver provided by an agency, because the driver in question is not an employee of the company, it will not want to claim under its own insurance policy. This is because its claims history would be affected simply by making a claim, when the damage was in fact not caused by one of its own staff.
The current state of the job market in Suffolk
The Suffolk town of Felixstowe, where A & S Recruitment is based, is home to the largest container port in the UK and one of the principal ports in Europe. Much of the Suffolk employment market therefore revolves around the port and jobs in shipping, transport, warehousing and port logistics. Arable farming and tourism are also major contributors to the local economy.
What is life like as a lorry driver?
Driving a heavy goods vehicle for a living can be very different to almost any other job. Some drivers report spending around 300 days each year away from home. Whether you primarily drive around the UK, or in Europe, or even further afield, clearly you will see all sorts of new places and massively expand your horizons.
What are some of the different roles within the shipping industry?
A&S Recruitment is based in Felixstowe, which is home to the largest container port in the UK and one of the principal ports in Europe. We always have a wide range of shipping jobs available, and these might include:
The pros and cons of having a job that takes you away from home
There are many jobs where you arrive at the same office at roughly the same time each day, before leaving at around the same time each day. However, there are also other roles where you are constantly travelling, examples might be: some sales roles, consultancy, driving jobs, or various jobs in the shipping industry.
So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of taking a job involving extensive travel?