I’m thinking of becoming an HGV driver: What training do I need, how much does it cost and can I really earn a big salary and bonuses?

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  • In fact, HGV driver wages rose 12.8% between February and August
  • Salaries ranging from £35k to £50k are now common with signing up bonus payments
  • The RHA states that the cost of training for a Category C or Category C+E license is approximately £1,500. Is

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I’ve been working as an office administrator in a job that I haven’t had any real special interest in since leaving university and after reading recent reports I’m thinking about training as an HGV driver.

I love the idea of ​​not being stuck in an office, feeling like I’ve accomplished something every day, and the many stories I’ve read suggest that I can earn twice as much as I do now.


I have a normal driving license and passed my test seven years ago.

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People are tempted to pay higher salaries and sign up bonuses when they sign up for training to become an HGV driver

What do I need to do to train as an HGV driver, how long does it take, how many hours, will I only work in the UK or travel abroad, and what kind of salary can I really expect? Am?

I’m not quite sure I believe some of these reports claim that £70,000 a year is being offered to drivers.

Angelique Ruzika of This Is Money says: It’s easy to get attracted by the hefty bonuses and salaries being used to lure old and new drivers into the industry.

The industry has been crying out for more people playing the role of heavy goods driver for many years, but it has now been made worse by a perfect storm of Brexit, the pandemic, poor working conditions and reduced working hours.

The industry, acknowledging its shortcomings, is trying to transform itself to make the roles friendlier and gain some flexibility to work with women and families.

But to woo people, increase in wages, cash incentives and inflation are now on the table.

It’s safe to say that for many, it has not been considered a career because of the poor pay prospects, challenging hours, and the unhealthy nature of driving all day. But this is changing.

The law will change in January 2022 to be able to take the C+E exam as soon as you have a Category B license, and are 18 years or older

Martin Dean, Chief Account Manager, Road Haulage Association

Between February and August, the average advertised salary for HGV drivers increased by 12.8 percent, according to job site Indeed.

It’s actually growing by just one percent compared to the average salary across all jobs and 7.6 percent in jobs in general.

The work is still tough, and it can be lonely on the streets.

In addition, getting the right training can be costly, (see the Road Haulage Association’s response below).

But if you keep your ears to the ground there’s a good chance you can get a logistics or retail business to pay a fee in exchange for agreeing to work for a specific period of time.

Will the government help pay for the training?

The government can also pick up the tab. This month it announced that a total of 4,000 people will soon be able to take advantage of training courses to become HGV drivers.

The Department of Education is investing up to £10 million to build a new skills bootcamp to train 3,000 people.

Gov.uk says that: ‘The free, short, intensive courses will train drivers to be road-ready and obtain Category C or Category C and E licences, helping to tackle the current HGV driver shortage.

‘An additional 1,000 people are expected to be trained through courses available locally and funded by the government’s adult education budget.’

HGV drivers were never paid well, but that is changing and there are reports that drivers are now making more money than some head office executives from the likes of Waitrose.

However, if you’re looking for a well-paying job where you can rise up the ranks quickly and perhaps even go through less training than you would to become an HGV driver, industries and companies are also crying out for workers in the hospitality sector. , and those who employ factory and agricultural workers.

Transportation experts share advice and pay guidance

We asked two road haulage experts to tell you more about what’s involved in training and working as an HGV driver

RHA's Martin Dean says HGV driver industry now offers more flexibility in terms of change

RHA’s Martin Dean says HGV driver industry now offers more flexibility in terms of change

Martin Dean, principal account manager for the Road Haulage Association, said: ‘To drive the HGV, you will initially need a car license Category B.

‘Then you can take a Category C test to drive a rigid HGV over 3.5kg and you must pass a Category C+E test to drive a clear HGV.

‘Currently, you must pass all three categories of tests including a theory test to be allowed to drive a clear vehicle.

‘As soon as you have a Category B license in January 2022, and you are 18 years or older, the law will change and be able to take the C+E exam.

‘Every five years you will need a driver certificate of professional competency (DCPC) 35 hours of training to maintain your vocational right to driving.

‘Training can take place in two intensive courses of six weeks each. For those who wish to train for Category C or Category C+E, it is approximately £1,500.

It is claimed that retailers like Waitrose are now paying better salaries to HGV drivers than some of their head office executives because of labor shortage

It is claimed that retailers like Waitrose are now paying better salaries to HGV drivers than some of their head office executives because of labor shortage

‘There are many job opportunities as there is a recognized shortage of HGV drivers – over 100,000.

‘Drivers are restricted to EU driver hour regulations, which limit driving to a maximum of 90 hours of driving time in a fortnight.

Lorry drivers also come under working time directive. This means that you are not allowed to work more than 48 hours during the reference period.

‘There are driving jobs suitable for everyone. The ‘trampers’ spend the night sleeping in their trucks, but you can be a day driver where you only work during the day and…


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