How to be a Parcel Delivery Driver or Courier 📦
Thinking about becoming a delivery driver but not sure what you need to do? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
What Does A Delivery Driver Do?
A delivery driver works for a delivery or logistics company. Driver responsibilities include performing the delivery service and ensuring timely delivery of packages, following safety rules, and keeping accurate records. You will typically report to a Logistics Manager, working part-time, full-time, or on a freelance basis. – From Hiringpeople.co.uk
In essence, delivery drivers are responsible for delivering goods from point A to point B, safely and on time.
Typically, couriers will deal with only one or two parcels per trip.
What Type of Delivery Driver Can I Be?
There’s a surprising amount of delivery driver types out there – from the usual parcel and food delivery, to couriering life-saving medications, blood or medical supplies. Some can be more demanding than others, and some need advanced driving qualifications. Always check the job descriptions carefully. In general, if you have a clean license, you’re off to a good start!
What Skills Do I Need?
Luckily, the majority of skills needed to be a delivery driver are transferable. Great time management and organisation skills are a must, as are top notch driving skills, a friendly nature and flexibility. You will need to be reliable and trustworthy, and show strong communication skills. Positions that require care of medical supplies may ask for more experience, but the majority of jobs are entry-level, and you can learn on the road.
How Much Could I Earn?
Ultimately, this is up to you. With Amazon Flex, you can take on as much or as little as you like, and only pay insurance for the time you’re on the road. According to Indeed, the average salary is £12.73 per hour which is above the National Living Wage for 2023. However, like all averages, there is a lower and higher end of the scale, so make sure you pay careful attention when applying and ensure the position pays enough.
Next, you need a vehicle!
If your new job requires you to use your own vehicle, you can check out our list of the best delivery vehicles on the market right now.
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