Career outlook for courier
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would collect packages, documents and letters from customers and use a van, motorbike or bike to deliver them quickly and reliably.
Most of your work would be for businesses which need to send something to another business or to a customer. The parcel may be urgently required or it may contain confidential documents that cannot be posted.
The package would probably need to be delivered as soon as possible after you pick it up.
You’d usually work in and around large towns and cities. But you could also work on cross-country deliveries.
- Collect a schedule of pick-up points and deliveries from your depot
- Plan routes and sort the jobs into order for dropping off the items
- Find the quickest routes to delivery addresses
- Sign for the packages that you pick up and get signatures when you deliver them
- Keep paperwork and delivery records up to date
You’d usually drive a van or ride a motorcycle, but in larger cities you might work as a bicycle courier.
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