Is HGV Driving a Good Career Choice in 2021?

If you’re considering a job driving an HGV then you are probably wondering whether it’s a good choice. You’ve probably heard lots about HGV driving – both good and bad. Some say it’s a wonderful career, with good pay and benefits and others say the hours are too long.

So, what’s really the deal with HGV driving? Is it a good career choice in 2021, in a post-pandemic world, or is it better to look for something else?

What Is HGV Driving?

An HGV is a heavy goods vehicle – the big lorries you see delivering goods for lots of different companies. As a driver you will be responsible for transporting these goods from A to B. HGV drivers can work locally, nationally, or internationally.

As you can imagine, lorry drivers spend a lot of time on the road and, depending on where you work, can spend a lot of time away from home. It’s common for a lot of HGV drivers to spend a night or two in the cab of their lorry and often they can be away for the whole working week. The hours of an HGV driver are long – typically between 45-50 hours each week.

You will also be responsible for loading and unloading the goods and making sure you have everything you need when you leave and when you arrive at your destination. HGV drivers generally work alone a lot, though this is often positive for many people as they enjoy the freedom that comes with that.

 

A young lorry driver sitting in his cab

 

How To Become An HGV Driver?

To first become an HGV driver, you will need a valid UK driving license. You then need to do your HGV Class 1 and 2 training which will teach you how to drive a truck carrying goods up to 44 tons. Training is a mixture of practical and theory and there are four tests you must take.

All of this training combined will cost around £1000 but compare this to the cost of many other training courses, including university, it’s actually not a lot. And after you’re qualified, you’ll be in high demand, as there is a current shortage of lorry drivers.

Lorry Driver Shortage

The current lorry driver shortage is estimated at around 70,000 drivers. Companies are constantly on the lookout for newly qualified drivers meaning you are unlikely to struggle to find work. By training to become an HGV driver, your services and skills are likely to be in demand for some time.

Lorry Drivers Salary

By this point, you’re probably wondering what the pay for an HGV driver is. There is a fair amount of training you must complete; the night’s away from home and long hours. So, what’s the payoff?

Typically, a lorry driver’s starting wages are between £19-24k. The more training you receive and the more experience you have will see this number rise dramatically and the most experienced and qualified drivers can expect to earn over £40k per year and maybe more.

In conclusion, HGV driving is a valuable and rewarding career, and in 2021 is more important than ever. With fewer people going out buying things in person, goods transportation is more useful than ever. And with the current shortage of drivers, you’re almost guaranteed a job with a reputable company and the chance to make a solid income, at a time when job instability is a real problem.

We hope you have enjoyed reading the post, if you have any questions or would like to find out more about our latest HGV jobs, you can get in touch with us on 01604 761206 and our team is here to help.