What to Expect From an Lgv Job

By: Silviu Marian

If you are considering a change of career or are looking for a place to start, then driving a lorry for a living has many great things to offer. It seems that on the whole, lorry drivers are pretty passionate about their way of life and there is a sense of belonging to a team if you are one of them even though you work largely alone.

One of the first benefits from a LGV job is the flexibility it can offer you. Unlike nine to five jobs, you can often adapt your hours to what best suits you. The main thing is that you get your cargo from A to B when promised. If you are more a night person, then this is one of the few jobs where you can excel within those hours! Or, if you are scared of the thought of being away from your family for days and nights on end, don't be! You should be able to find a job that allows you to keep to nine to five hours if that is what you would rather do. There is a shortage of LGV drivers out there, so you can afford to be picky about which job is best for your needs! Not many careers can offer that can they!

You can also expect good money right from the get go! You could be looking at a starting salary of anywhere upwards of ?20,000! You don't need to work your way up from the post room on a pittance of a salary that is impossible to survive on. Lorry driving pays well, it's a fact. You could also be entitled to sick pay, holiday pay and even pension benefits.

Modern lorries are well equipped, there should be a bed and fridge. There are laws that strictly govern a lorry drivers hours and rest time is mandatory. You are not allowed to drive for more than nine hours a day, fifty six hours a week or ninety hours a fortnight. The law states that you must have rest time of at least eleven hours per day, uninterrupted! Many city workers don't get anywhere near that much! So you are well protected by laws which ensure that your hours are fair.

Training for a basic LGV license can take as little as five days! Then you are fully qualified and ready to go. What other job gives you qualifications that translate directly into jobs with high salaries within that kind of time scale? Haulage companies are facing a shortage of lorry drivers so it puts you in a very commanding position when job hunting. This industry gives you the power to know the worth of your qualifications, which is a very unusual position to be in. Most graduates have no such luck!

As you can see, the benefits are plentiful. So if you want a flexible job with great progression opportunities and job security, where your office is the open road, get yourself some LGV training straight away and become the driver of your own destiny.

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