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Top 10 Driving Jobs In London

Published: Friday 22nd May 2015

Bus driver driving his bus

From tube drivers to couriers, river boat operators and pilots to upmarket chauffeurs and those driving the famous red busses, the Capital is brimming with driving jobs</strong.

People have had driving jobs in London for quite a long time. Way back in the 19th century driving jobs in London were pretty much contained to horse-drawn busses, carriages and omnibuses. Over the years more types of transport found their way into the city. Underground railways, trams, motorised busses, metros and cars all brought new ways to get people and goods around the city and each brought new job opportunities.

What Are The Top 10 Driving Jobs In London In 2015?

1. Tube Driver

Tube drivers are at the top of the earning pile for driving jobs in London with salaries in excess of £42,000 per annum. As well as having to drive the train they also have to be prepared to respond to emergency situations of every measure and undergo months of training.

2. Courier 

Courier jobs in London are one of the most varied ‘driving jobs’ there is. Couriers work across the city or in single areas and deliver a vast array of goods. A courier could be cycling across the city, riding a motorbike to deliver food or driving a van to transport larger, bulky items. Salaries range from £23,000 – £36,884 with the average courier taking home £25,000.

3. Taxi Driver

One of the most iconic symbols of London is the traditional black cab. Cabbies have to go through a gruelling assessment known as the ‘knowledge’. The knowledge is a term used for the cabbies encyclopaedic knowledge of every street in London. Other entry requirements are a clean driving licence of at least 12 months old. After expenses, expect to earn a salary of £23,000 with a taxi driving job.

4. London Bus Driver

Busses are operated by both the public body, Transport for London and private operators such as Arriva and Metroline. Salaries range between £17,000 and £25,000 depending upon experience, hours worked and which operator you work for.

5. River Boat Driver

Everyday commuter and tourist boats ply the Thames, carrying thousands of people east and west. There are several operators, such as City Cruises and Thames Clippers which operate on the river. To be a captain you will need to obtain a boat masters licence. Salaries depend upon experience and the company you work for.

6. HGV Drivers

HGV drivers are required for a variety of companies and jobs across London. HGV drivers earn between £25,000 and £32,500 – above the national average salary. The average salary for a HGV driver in London is £31,787.

7. Uber Taxi Driver

Uber is the new challenger to London’s traditional black cab. To become a Uber driver you need to be certified by Transport for London, have a private carriage license (PCO) and valid driver’s license as well as being registered with Uber. Uber drivers are self-employed and salaries vary depending upon hours worked and number of jobs taken.

8. Coach Driver

There are coach routes from London to all parts of the UK and many destinations across Europe. Operators such as Eurolines, Megabus and National Express all have bases in London and salaries are around £26,000, depending up on experience.

9. Chauffeurs 

As a chauffeur you could be working for a private hire or executive driving company or you could be working for a single person, family or company. Chauffeurs are usually hired to transport VIP’s, so as well as a clean driving license you will also need to be discreet and reliable. The median salary for a chauffeur in the UK is £25,208. In London this can rise to over £38,359.

10. Industrial 

Commercial and industrial driving jobs include roles such as forklift truck drivers and those operating heavy machinery. Depending on the role you apply for, you will need a specific type of driving license and appropriate qualifications. You could need a PCO or forklift license. Industrial driving jobs can pay up to £23,347.

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Information on salaries correct as of May 2015. Information collected from www.payscale.com.

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