HGV driver jobs: UK average salaries released

HGV driver jobs: UK average salaries released

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For the long shifts and the key logistical role HGV drivers play in the UK, it is no wonder it is one of the better paid careers in the UK.

Now, a report by Total Jobs has found the average salaries across the industry throwing up some interesting stats for those looking to get into HGV driving, or those looking for a better salary. Here are the results:

Class 1 HGV licence is highly-valued

As expected, average salaries for those that hold their Class 1 licence have a far better salary than those with a Class 2 licence on average. For those Class 2 drivers seeking a better wage, gaining your Class 1 licence is a genuine avenue to getting more money.

HGV Class 1 licence

  •          Highest wage: £32,500
  •          Average wage: £31,787
  •          Lowest wage: £26,406

HGV Class 2 licence

  •          Highest wage: £23,724
  •          Average wage: £20,536
  •          Lowest wage: £18,789

Central location benefits

Whilst London and the South East still stand top of the average salary league, it is the East Midlands that stands out as one of the better paid areas for HGV drivers. Areas including Scotland and Wales ranked as some of the lowest paid regions.

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Salary rank by region

  •          London & South East: £31,787
  •          East Midlands: £29,000
  •          West Midlands: £28,362
  •          North West: £28,362
  •          South West: £25,000
  •          East of England: £24,449
  •          North East: £24,449
  •          Scotland: £24,400
  •          Wales: 24,400

One of the best salaries

With an average wage in the industry of £27,000, HGV drivers are ranked amongst the top 40% of earners in the UK. Sat amongst lawyers and medical surgeons, the stat is sure to raise a few eyebrows amongst current drivers in the industry!

Getting the best salary

Whilst some drivers are continually searching for the next best salary, here at Employ Recruitment, we believe in delivering happiness to our drivers and give them a competitive rate of pay from the start.

Employ also offers:

  •          A range of vacancies – full and part time
  •          Consistent and regular work throughout the year
  •          Fixed and flexible rotas
  •          In-house DCPC training
  •          Infringement management and manual entry training


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