Chauffeur

Alternative titles for this job include Driver

Chauffeurs drive clients from place to place, making sure their journey is safe and comfortable, and that they arrive on time.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 irregular

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become a Chauffeur

You'll usually get into this job by:

  • applying directly
  • taking a specialist driver training course

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs if you have a lot of experience, for example through working as a driver for the police, the armed forces or in the taxi industry.

Other routes

You could take a driver training course, like those offered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists to improve your chances of finding work. You could also take a specialist chauffeur training course with the:

For some jobs, you may need a private hire vehicle licence.

More information

Career tips

You'll find it useful to have car maintenance skills.

Further information

Careers That Move has more details about working in the passenger transport industry.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • active listening skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full UK driving licence and several years' driving experience
  • be aged 21 or over
  • pass background checks

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on your employer, and may include:

  • helping passengers with their luggage
  • helping passengers get in and out of the vehicle if required
  • providing journey information
  • making sure that the vehicle is clean and well maintained for each job

Working environment

You could work from a vehicle or at a client's home.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

You could go on to set up your own business.

You could also be a 'lead driver' and train other chauffeurs.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Chauffeur right now.

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