Taxi and cab drivers and chauffeurs > Chauffeur
Home services | Transport
Chauffeurs drive clients from place to place, making sure their journey is safe and comfortable, and that they arrive on time.
£14,000 Starter - £50,000 Experienced
41 to 43 irregular (evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
applying directlytaking a specialist driver training course
You can apply directly for jobs if you've got a lot of experience, for example through working as a driver for the police, the armed forces or in the taxi industry.
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 course with a private training provider. You'll find it useful to have car maintenance skills.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
You may need a private hire vehicle licence for some jobs.
- have a full driving licence
- be over 21 years of age
- pass background checks
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks will depend on your employer. You could:
- help passengers with their luggage
- help passengers get in and out of the vehicle if required
- provide journey information
- make sure that the vehicle is clean and well maintained for each job
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.