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Couriers collect items such as letters, packages and parcels for a customer and deliver them to their destination. They may deal with items that are urgent or confidential or deliver items from online shopping companies or, more increasingly, food delivery services.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Many couriers are self-employed and are paid for each item they deliver, so wages can vary. Starting pay for employed couriers is around £13,500 a year upwards, and with experience and commission, some can earn up to £22,000. There is often a petrol allowance in addition.


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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to be able to:

It helps if you have local knowledge of the area, including short cuts and one-way systems.


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
Tel: 0300 200 1122

The DVSA replaced the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) in April 2014. Its aim is to promote road safety through improving driving standards, testing drivers, motorcyclists and driving instructors, maintaining the registers of Approved Driving Instructors and Large Goods Vehicle Instructors and supervising training for learner motorcyclists.

Skills for Logistics
Tel: 01179 278807
Twitter: @skill_logistics

Skills for Logistics is a not-for-profit organisation which is committed to providing employers, training providers, individuals, policy makers and key organisations with consultancy, information and advice on skills development, training and sector intelligence.

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