Delivery Driver

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A delivery driver drives a van, light truck (a medium sized goods vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes in weight), car or scooter/moped delivering goods such as furniture, groceries, office equipment, medicines or takeaway food from one place to another. They are sometimes called couriers. The transportation of valuables or cash involves the use of a different type of vehicle (see the Security Officer or Guard job profile).

The Work

You could be:


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

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 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.

Delivery drivers for some companies are self-employed, so earnings vary.


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Job Outlook Scotland


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What Does it Take?

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You need to have:


Getting On


Credit to Well Pharmacy


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.

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