A delivery driver drives a van or light truck (a medium sized goods vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes in weight), delivering goods such as furniture, groceries or office equipment, from one place to another. They are sometimes called van drivers. The transportation of valuables or cash involves the use of a different type of vehicle (see the Security Officer or Guard job profile).
You could be:
working out a delivery plan
loading the van so that goods are arranged in the correct order for delivery
unloading the van at each destination
helping to carry in any heavy items
getting a signature of receipt from the person receiving the goods, sometimes using a hand-held device
keeping the van clean and tidy and carrying out basic maintenance
updating delivery records, manually or using a hand-held computer
making sure that you keep the vehicle and goods secure.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).
As of 1 April 2021 the National Minimum Wage is £6.56 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £8.36 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £8.91 for workers aged 23 and over. With experience, this can rise to around £12.00 an hour, or more. The hourly rate may vary depending on whether delivery targets are met.
Many delivery drivers for large parcel delivery companies are self-employed, so earnings vary.
You may work within a local area or drive over longer distances.
You may work varied hours including weekends and evenings.
You would spend a lot of time sitting in the confined space of the driving cab.
You would have to drive the van in all weather conditions.
You may have to visit the warehouses and depots of a wide variety of companies.
Depending on the goods you are dealing with, you may have to do a lot of heavy lifting.
You may have to meet targets, such as making a set number of deliveries a day.
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.