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Peter Armstrong
Caldari
Trinity Corporate Services
Quantum Forge
Posted - 2006.11.16 17:14:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Peter Armstrong on 16/11/2006 17:14:05
Well i am currently in the British Army and live in the UK London and next year in Jan i going to do a resettlment course in HGV (Trucks) in class 1 and 2 also with Fork lift. Now as i trying to learn what wages what are good and bad and have some sort of idea. I was woundering on what advice u can give me. Remember Army life different to civi life so i nervous about the change I going to face.

What i am asking is that people in Truck driving or HGV whats ur advice in starting off. What should i mainly look for and what wages do u think is good?

I am looking at Royal mail but a driver said get into a agentice? to get experiance and then try for Rail Mail. Now if i gain experiance in class one I would want go to Royal Mail Logistic which be good morney and all they do is drive!

Is there a good website for HGV work other than jobdenterpluse? Remember i havent got it yet and hope to pass in Jan next year.

Sorry for spelling or bad gramma and thxs for the advice in advance.

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solidshot
Posted - 2006.11.16 17:44:00 - [2]
 

I used to drive artics but gave up as i found all the new laws and regulations were a pita, for the best pay you either have to spend all week away from home sleeping in the back of the cap or find a company like exel or similar who do supermarket deliveries. A good company doing supermarket deliveries should be paying around 10 per hour last i heard but you will have to put up with hassle from spotty little jobsworths when makeing your deliveries.

Peter Armstrong
Caldari
Trinity Corporate Services
Quantum Forge
Posted - 2006.11.16 17:51:00 - [3]
 

Originally by: solidshot
I used to drive artics but gave up as i found all the new laws and regulations were a pita, for the best pay you either have to spend all week away from home sleeping in the back of the cap or find a company like exel or similar who do supermarket deliveries. A good company doing supermarket deliveries should be paying around 10 per hour last i heard but you will have to put up with hassle from spotty little jobsworths when makeing your deliveries.


thxs for reply! /me taking note

Viktor Fyretracker
Caldari
Emminent Terraforming
O.G.-Alliance
Posted - 2006.11.16 18:41:00 - [4]
 

the big money is in long haul trucking(though in the UK how long haul can one get?) here in the US lots of the companies will teach you to drive a rig.

heh never knew a forklift would need a lic though unless you mean like the garbage trucks with forks.

On Edge
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2006.11.16 19:05:00 - [5]
 

You do indeed a need a "license" to use a fork lift truck in the UK in a workplace.

Good old health and safety.

solidshot
Posted - 2006.11.16 19:15:00 - [6]
 


have to get the forklift licence renewed every three years as well Evil or Very Mad as i was told when going for a job with a 11 year old licence Mad

Peter Armstrong
Caldari
Trinity Corporate Services
Quantum Forge
Posted - 2006.11.16 19:28:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: solidshot

have to get the forklift licence renewed every three years as well Evil or Very Mad as i was told when going for a job with a 11 year old licence Mad


U sure about that? i never heared about that

Griffinator
Gallente
Aliastra
Posted - 2006.11.16 19:35:00 - [8]
 

yup fork lift liceneses have to be renwed every 3 years under the health and safety regulations they passed a few years back, i got mine do u have your lol, i think most hgv driving jobs are between 9 and 15 a hour atm depending on the area.

heres ahint dont come down to brighton the prices of wages is barely productive and homes are extortionate.

Agent Li
Caldari
CCCP INC
Posted - 2006.11.16 20:16:00 - [9]
 

Here in the US, if you can drive the kind of forklift that handles the shipping containers on container ships (the huge metal containers that go on the back of large trucks), you can get paid 130,000/year. And that's without working overtime.

The comparable lift in US military service is called the RETCH.

Brolly
Caldari
5ER3NITY INC
Posted - 2006.11.17 02:01:00 - [10]
 

A guy who does deliveries at our store claimed he was on 48K per year, that's doing agency work. He could have been talking out of his arse, but HGV is still a bloody well paid job imho and there are always peeps looking for drivers.

Gindar
Aliastra
Posted - 2006.11.17 03:17:00 - [11]
 

Edited by: Gindar on 17/11/2006 03:16:56
i used to work at this crap job, one of my managers (the nice one) let me use the forklift to haul the dumpster trash. i wasn't liscensed and i never used that big machine before. it dam near pinned me against the wall Shocked

Ogdru Jahad
Amarr
Timetravel Enterprises
Interstellar Alcohol Conglomerate
Posted - 2006.11.17 03:54:00 - [12]
 


solidshot
Posted - 2006.11.17 07:48:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: Brolly
A guy who does deliveries at our store claimed he was on 48K per year, that's doing agency work. He could have been talking out of his arse, but HGV is still a bloody well paid job imho and there are always peeps looking for drivers.



some jobs are well paid others are total ****e, and some employers force you to break your legal driveing hours sometimes making you drive over 90 hours per week just to take home 250 or so, and if you complain they just threaten you with the sack knowing full well that there are plenty of eastern european drivers available now that will work these hours for less than you ugh

Tunajuice
Convergent
Firmus Ixion
Posted - 2006.11.17 08:15:00 - [14]
 

Edited by: Tunajuice on 17/11/2006 08:16:19
Hum it doesn't seem to be paid that well. In the US, Long haul drivers in the US who spend say 4-5 nights a week 200+ miles away can easily make 60 or 70k USD with a few years of experience. I have a friend who delivers bread for stores and restaurants - he gets a 10% commission off everything he delivers. I believe he makes 55k-65k a year, and that is 8 hour days, home every night (drives within maybe a 50 mile radius)


Edit - no license for fork lift drivers here, most of the fork lift drivers I knew who worked in factories made 12-15 USD/hour... nothing fancy

Agent Li
Caldari
CCCP INC
Posted - 2006.11.17 09:23:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Tunajuice
Edited by: Tunajuice on 17/11/2006 08:16:19
Hum it doesn't seem to be paid that well. In the US, Long haul drivers in the US who spend say 4-5 nights a week 200+ miles away can easily make 60 or 70k USD with a few years of experience. I have a friend who delivers bread for stores and restaurants - he gets a 10% commission off everything he delivers. I believe he makes 55k-65k a year, and that is 8 hour days, home every night (drives within maybe a 50 mile radius)


Edit - no license for fork lift drivers here, most of the fork lift drivers I knew who worked in factories made 12-15 USD/hour... nothing fancy


Don't forget that there's the lower taxes in the US, as long as he feels he can live without NHS.

Peter Armstrong
Caldari
Trinity Corporate Services
Quantum Forge
Posted - 2006.11.17 17:29:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: solidshot
Originally by: Brolly
A guy who does deliveries at our store claimed he was on 48K per year, that's doing agency work. He could have been talking out of his arse, but HGV is still a bloody well paid job imho and there are always peeps looking for drivers.



some jobs are well paid others are total ****e, and some employers force you to break your legal driveing hours sometimes making you drive over 90 hours per week just to take home 250 or so, and if you complain they just threaten you with the sack knowing full well that there are plenty of eastern european drivers available now that will work these hours for less than you ugh


ah yer i hear about some companys train them how to do more hours of driving. Thing is with me Law is Law and if they sack me then i show my record of driving and take them to court! So stand by if they try!

Viktor Fyretracker
Caldari
Emminent Terraforming
O.G.-Alliance
Posted - 2006.11.17 19:18:00 - [17]
 

well as a teamster(the truckers union)you probally have better health care then an NHS can provide.

Peter Armstrong
Caldari
Trinity Corporate Services
Quantum Forge
Posted - 2006.11.17 21:50:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: Viktor Fyretracker
well as a teamster(the truckers union)you probally have better health care then an NHS can provide.


true and if its part of the job that i can get free health care then that great. I may drive in the states but i hear that the US like UK truck drivers to be behind the wheel for 4 years first before they transfer to US etc is that true?

DarkMatter
Sintered Sanity
Posted - 2006.11.17 22:06:00 - [19]
 

Originally by: Peter Armstrong
Originally by: Viktor Fyretracker
well as a teamster(the truckers union)you probally have better health care then an NHS can provide.


true and if its part of the job that i can get free health care then that great. I may drive in the states but i hear that the US like UK truck drivers to be behind the wheel for 4 years first before they transfer to US etc is that true?


Wow, you would move from the UK to USA to be a truck driver???

What about family, etc?

Slave 58776
Posted - 2006.11.17 22:22:00 - [20]
 

Edited by: Slave 58776 on 17/11/2006 22:22:59
A Canadian company was looking for UK HGV drivers and offering a good package. I think it was advertised on Jobsite.co.uk but I'm not 100% sure.

Might be worth looking at if you're willing to move?

I'm ex UK forces and had a hell of a time finding a job after I left (I was an IT and electronics technician!). Best advice I can give is to do a resettlement course that gets you into any kind of job. Its a lot easier to find a job when you're working than it is when you've been unemployed for a while.

Good luck.


 

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