- Couriers use a van, scooter, motorcycle or bike
- Earn up to £28,400 a year
- Shift and part-time work is common
Couriers, also known as Despatch Drivers, transport items that require urgent, safe or discreet delivery. These items may include legal and business documents, valuable items and medical supplies. The Courier usually carries the items by van, scooter, motorcycle or bicycle. For longer distances and international courier work, items may be transported by rail or air.
Average working hours range from 40 to 48 hours a week, but some courier companies operate a 24-hour service, so shift and part-time work is common. The work can be physically tiring. Motorcycle and Bicycle Couriers are outdoors in all weathers and may be exposed to traffic fumes. Uniforms may be provided.
Salaries for employed Couriers may range from £14,300 to over £28,400 a year. Income for self-employed Couriers varies.
Couriers should have:
- a clean driving licence
- a good level of fitness and stamina
- map reading and navigational ability
- a responsible attitude to safety
- an interest in driving and basic vehicle maintenance.