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What's it like?

You would collect goods, load them into a van and deliver them to customers on time.

You could deliver a wide range of items, for example:

  • Supermarket shopping orders
  • Furniture
  • Domestic appliances like washing machines and fridges
  • Money, for example a company’s wages

You would:

  • Collect goods from a depot, warehouse or pick-up point
  • Load the vehicle in a order that matches the deliveries that you will make
  • Plan the route to make sure that deliveries are made on time
  • Unload goods at the right addresses
  • Get signatures for goods and give invoices when you deliver
  • Update delivery records, often using a hand-held computer
  • Return undelivered items to your base
  • Record mileage and the fuel that you buy
  • Complete record sheets and paperwork

Your vehicle could vary in size, depending on the load and your licence. Many vans are 3.5 tonnes or less, but you might also drive vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes.

If you work for a security firm and deliver valuables or cash, you would drive a specially adapted van with a time-lock safe and other security features.

Working conditions


You would usually work between 36 and 48 hours a week. Some companies offer overtime in the evenings and at weekends. For safety reasons, there are legal limits on drivers' hours, depending on the type of vehicle. For example, if your vehicle is over 3.5 tonnes, a tachograph in the vehicle will record the number of hours that you drive, the speed and distances that you travel, and the time that you spend loading and unloading.


You would spend most of your time in your vehicle, but may be outdoors during loading and unloading.


On some jobs, you may have to spend nights away from home.

UK employment status





Self employed


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There are no formal qualifications required for this role.

You will also need

A driving licence.

If you got your licence before 1 January 1997, you are allowed to drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes without the need for a separate licence.

If you got your licence after 1 January 1997, you can drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes with your car licence. To drive vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, you will need further training to get a category C1 licence. You will also need to complete a short course to get a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

Helpful to have

You may need a satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Disclosure check.