TLP Recruitment provides excellent prospects for career progression in the driving and industrial sector across the UK. TLP not only helps drivers like you find your next role, but we also help progress your career with further development and training. Not all of our jobs will be listed below so be sure to search our wider database or give us a call for the freshest vacancies.
Counter Balance Forklift Driver
Counter Balance Forklift Driver, Nursling, Southampton Our client, a leading logistics company, require a temporary Forklift Driver to join the team. Immediate start available Temporary assignment to cover staff sickness Paying £9.50ph Monday to Friday night shift (client can be flexible with start time) Loading/unloading HGV's Maitaining stock order in warehouse General warehouse tasks (not all forklift work) If you are interested in this role and have a current counter balance forklift license, please send CV for consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.
Multidrop Courier Driver
Multidrop Courier Driver, Exeter We are currently recruiting for a Courier Driver to work for our prestigious, market leading client based in Exeter. Delivering parcels to both residential and commercial customers, this is a full-time position with potential long-term prospects. If you would like an opportunity to join a worldwide brand and be a part of something great, this is an ideal position for you. The Offer • Full-time, permanent position • Monday to Friday with opportunity for weekends on a voluntary basis • Monday - Friday (weekends may be available on a voluntary basis) • Ongoing support from a dedicated team of workers • Paying £10.50ph • Multidrop parcel deliveries, ranges dependent on route of 40-60 parcels • Immediate starts post mandatory vetting process Requirements Must pass vetting process including a basic disclosure check and be able to provide five years’ work history Full UK drivers’ licence with no more than 6 points on your licence for minor offences Minimum driving experience 2 years - Must be able to speak very good English plus good written and reading skills Basic Physical Fitness Ability to communicate professionally with clients as this is a customer facing role so good interpersonal skills a must! Previous multidrop experience desirable although not essential for the right candidate Must have own sat nav (this cannot be mobile phone GPS) This is a fantastic opportunity to build a career with an exceptional company. Please send your CV for consideration or contact our friendly TLP Southampton office to discuss further. We very much look forward to hearing from you.
Rail Ground Shunter
Train/Rail Ground Shunter Coleshill area £12.00 an hour plus overtime Temp to Perm contract 59220AM TLP are currently recruiting for an experienced Rail Ground Shunter for a logistics business. The successful candidates will shunt, marshal and dispatch trains in a safe, punctual and efficient manner in accordance with Railway rules and regulations. Flexibility is essential with overtime available across shifts, some days and weekends. Duties include: Previous operational / ground staff / shunting experience within the logistics/freight industry Experience in a safety critical role Able to multi-task and make quick decisions for short notice changes to train plans. Ability to work independently and on your own initiative. Excellent and clear communication skills to relay important safety messages to your colleagues. Safety conscious and ability to remain calm in an event of an emergency situation. Flexible attitude to working hours as this is a shift based role A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential for this role due to the location.
Multidrop Courier Driver
Multidrop Courier Driver, Newport We are currently recruiting for a Courier Driver to work for our prestigious, market leading client based in Newport. Delivering parcels to both residential and commercial customers, this is a full-time position with potential long-term prospects. If you would like an opportunity to join a worldwide brand and be a part of something great, this is an ideal position for you. The Offer • Full-time, permanent position • Monday to Friday with opportunity for weekends on a voluntary basis • Monday - Friday (weekends may be available on a voluntary basis) • Ongoing support from a dedicated team of workers • Paying £10.50ph • Multidrop parcel deliveries, ranges dependent on route of 40-60 parcels • Immediate starts post mandatory vetting process Requirements Must pass vetting process including a basic disclosure check and be able to provide five years’ work history Full UK drivers’ licence with no more than 6 points on your licence for minor offences Minimum driving experience 2 years - Must be able to speak very good English plus good written and reading skills Basic Physical Fitness Ability to communicate professionally with clients as this is a customer facing role so good interpersonal skills a must! Previous multidrop experience desirable although not essential for the right candidate Must have own sat nav (this cannot be mobile phone GPS) This is a fantastic opportunity to build a career with an exceptional company. Please send your CV for consideration or contact our friendly TLP Southampton office to discuss further. We very much look forward to hearing from you.
HGV and LGV are the European terms used to describe Heavy Goods vehicles and Large Goods Vehicles respectively. There is no difference between the two.
There is currently a high demand for drivers of all classes of HGV/LGV vehicles in the UK.
Depending upon the class of licence you hold, an HGV driver can drive vehicles ranging from 3.5T to 44T in unladen weight.
HGV/LGV drivers transport goods across the country or into Europe. Drivers are strictly regulated in regard to the size of vehicle they can drive, the goods they can carry and the hours they can work.
Goods transported can be almost anything from fresh foods delivered to supermarkets, components delivered to factories or concert gear being moved from venue to venue.
HGV/LGV drivers enjoy a high level of autonomy and therefore need to be able to work with limited supervision and be able to make decisions for themselves.
Drivers can choose to work days, nights or ‘Tramping’ which involves being on the road several days, sleeping in the wagon.
As well as driving the vehicle, professional drivers must also undertake regular checks to ensure the safety of their vehicle and closely monitor their hours to ensure they are safe to drive.
What do they earn?
One of the great benefits of entering this industry is that experience gives you a higher salary. The following is a guide for salary expectations:
Starter: £18,000-£22,000 per annum
Experienced: £23,000-£28,000 per annum
Highly Experienced: £29,000-£35,000 per annum
Extra income can sometimes occur through un-social hours pay and shift covers.
HGV drivers’ hours are very strictly regulated. The hours you can drive will depend on several factors such as the type of vehicle you’re driving, and where you’re driving it. For drivers of larger vehicles, hours are recorded on a digital tachograph that will track your total hours, driving hours, rest periods and other data such as driving speeds and distances.
There really are no ‘typical hours’. However, many drivers start early in the morning whilst others prefer to drive through the night. The rules are the same regardless of when you are driving.
The main EU rules on HGV driving hours state that drivers should not drive more than:
Nine hours per day (this can be extended to 10 hours twice a week)
56 hours in any single week
90 hours in any two consecutive weeks
The EU rules also include several requirements on rest breaks. HGV drivers must take:
At least 11 hours rest every day – they can reduce this to nine hours rest three times in a week
An unbroken break of 45 hours every week – they can reduce this to 24 hours every other week
Their weekly rest after six days of working
A break or breaks which total at least 45 minutes after no more than 4.5 hours driving
You will need to be at least 18 years of age and already in possession of a full licence to drive a car.
In order to become an HGV driver in the UK of any class, you need to apply for your provisional licence, take a medical exam, theory test, get the driver CPC certification, get your training from a DVLA approved instructor & then take the Practical test, and then clock up 35 hours of additional training every 5 years.
Once you’re over 45, you need to renew your licence every 5 years until you’re 65, at which point your renewal needs to be annual.
You will need to pass different tests in order to qualify to drive different types of vehicles.
Any vehicle over 7.5t and up to 44t that has a detachable or separate trailer requires this type of licences. The Cat 'C+E' licences can only be applied for after you have taken and passed your Cat 'C'.
A Category ‘C’ licence is required for vehicles in a rigid-based body that is over 7.5t and any HGV, providing the vehicle is all one unit (i.e. the cab does not separate from the trailer).
Training costs vary, as does the way in which you can learn. Some organisations offer courses running over 5-6 consecutive days whilst others spread the training over several weeks. On average training will cost circa £1,000 plus fees for the tests.
A full training course will enable to qualify for both a licence and the Drivers Certificate of Competence (CPC) which is a requirement for all drivers. Modules will include:
Hazard perception theory test. 20 hazard clips. Each clip consists of 2 to 3 hazards. Must get at least 67 (out of 100) points to be awarded a pass.
50 multiple-choice questions based on 7 different scenarios. The scenarios are designed to reflect situations a professional LGV driver will encounter in his or her working life. Must get at least 40 answers correct to be awarded a pass.
A 1.5-hour practical driving test. This will include 'tell me, show me' questions, reversing exercise and approximately 1 hour driving on the public highway
Practical associated knowledge exam. No driving is required for this part as It’s all about what a driver does whilst not driving.
This may include checking the vehicle is not incorrectly loaded or overloaded, securing a load with the correct restraining devices, checking a vehicle is safe and in good working order before taking it on the public highway etc.
Once qualified Class 2 drivers can earn circa £22,000 on average.
A category C1 licence is a requirement for driving any goods vehicle that is above 3.5t and below 7.5t in weight. However, If you gained your driving licence before 1997, you will automatically have this category on your licence. If you gained your driving licence after 1997, you will have to take a test.
There are also additional licences required to handle certain equipment found on some trucks and also for loads that are considered to be high risk.
Training takes 3-5 days on average and whilst costs can vary, expect to pay circa £1,000.
You will also need a CPC certificate in order to be able to drive a C1 vehicle
C1 jobs often tend to be localised, business to business deliveries. This may entail making up to 15 drops in a day and may include some manual handling.
An ADR (Agreement to carry Dangerous goods by Road) is required to transport certain goods such as gases, flammable liquids or solids, corrosives or toxic material.
HIAB Licence qualifies the driver to load and offload the platform to which the HIAB crane is attached, hence the name Lorry Mounted Loader.
In addition to your driving licence, you will also need to gain a Drivers CPC qualification.
The CPC acronym stands for 'Certificate of Professional Competence'. You cannot obtain a commercial driving licence without completing this initial qualification.
Drivers CPC covers topics that include:
Drivers Hours and Tachograph
Vehicle Maintenance and Defect Reporting
First on the Scene (accident prevention and first aid)
Highway Code + Understand and Protect your Driving Licence
Loads and Loading (HGV Only)
The School Run and Safeguarding (PSV Only).
There are excellent prospects for career progression for those who are willing to gain experience and study. Experience also allows drivers to move to higher-paying positions, such as a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) instructor, freight transport planner, or even a manager for an HGV company.
Across our branches, we offer a wide range of HGV/LGV roles ensuring drivers enjoy variety and flexible working hours that fit around family life and other commitments.
Roles may include transporting containers from docks to customers, palletised goods from depot to customers or moving containers around the docks using tugs.
We offer day shifts, night shifts and tramping where the driver sleeps in the cab for several nights whilst driving longer distances around the country.
Whilst most bookings tend to be Monday – Friday some weekend shifts are available.
We also have roles requiring an ADR licence moving hazardous goods or materials.
Many of our class 1 drivers choose to work through a Limited Company however, we are equally happy to accommodate drivers on a PAYE basis.
Class 2 jobs tend to be local business to business deliveries with the majority of bookings (but not all) being for day shifts.