Chauffeur

driver

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Figures and forecasts for roles at the same level, which require similar skills and qualifications.

Average UK salary

Currently employed in Scotland

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This information is supplied by LMI For All, where data is currently available for Scotland.

What's it like?

You would drive people to and from places, making sure that their journey is safe and comfortable, and that they arrive at their destination on time.

You might work just for one family or for a company offering chauffeur services when you drive different clients to and from business meetings or to special occasions like weddings.

You’d need to look smart and be polite to your clients.

You would:

  • Pick up your passengers and take them to their destination
  • Help them with their luggage
  • Help passengers get in and out of the car if required
  • Give them information about the journey
  • Make sure that the car is clean and well maintained for each job

If you work for a private household, you might take members of the family to school, work or social events. You may also have other duties, such as shopping or light maintenance work.

If you work for a large organisation, you might drive company clients or staff to and from meetings, or collect them from airports or railway stations.

As a chauffeur at a limousine hire company, your work would depend on the needs of clients, and could include driving anniversary, wedding or funeral parties.

You’d need excellent driving skills and geographical knowledge.

A basic knowledge of vehicle maintenance would be valuable. You need to have a responsible attitude towards client privacy and safety.

Working conditions

Hours

You will not usually have a fixed working pattern and your hours could be very irregular. You may have to spend nights away from home, and work early mornings, evenings, bank holidays and weekends. Split shifts are common, giving you free time in the afternoon. Temporary and part-time work is also common.

Travel

You may have to spend nights away from home.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Following instructions
  • Helping customers
  • Repairing and fixing
  • Time management

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

No formal qualifications are required but most employers value a good general education.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths

You will also need

A driving licence.

You will usually need several years of driving experience.

Some employers may also have specific requirements, such as the ability to speak another language or car maintenance skills.

Helpful to have

Many employers value additional driver training which could include the Advanced Driving Test offered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).