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How to find temp HGV drivers?

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With 72% of companies concerned about staff shortages, life is hard when you’re looking to recruit a temp driver – especially if you’re a small or medium sized company!

Have you spent lots of time over the phone, with agencies informing you that all their candidates are fully booked? Are you worried about your business?

In this article, we’ll explore the following topics:

  • What is the difference between HGV and LGV drivers (if any!)?
  • What are the licences and qualifications required for temp drivers?
  • What is the typical pay rate for temp drivers (excluding agency fees)?
  • How to find temp drivers easily?

What’s the difference between HGV and LGV?

None! HGV and LGV means the same thing: any lorry with a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) greater than 3.5 tonnes – it’s just a difference of vocabulary between the UK and the EU:

  • HGV means Heavy Goods Vehicle under the UK law
  • LGV means Large Goods Vehicle under the EU law

The confusion comes from the fact that LGV also means Light Goods Vehicle under UK law, as you can see in this graph, with a GCM under 3.5 tonnes!

What does Class 1 vs. Class 2 drivers mean?

The class comes into play when it comes to driving licences. Different licences are necessary depending on the weight of the vehicles driven.

For the medium-sized vehicles:

  • Licence Category C1, also called Class 3 or 7.5 tonne licence: This allows drivers to drive medium-sized vehicles, between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes with a trailer <750 kg MAM (maximum authorised mass).
    Example of 7.5 tonnes are grocery delivery trucks or ambulances.
  • Licence Category C1+E: This licence allows drivers to drive medium-sized vehicles, between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, with a trailer >750kg MAM. The combination vehicle + trailer can’t exceed 12 tonnes.

For the large-sized vehicles:

  • Licence Category C vehicles, also called Class 2: This allows drivers to drive large vehicles over 3.5 tonnes with a trailer > 750 kg MAM (maximum authorised mass). Examples of HGV Class 2 trucks include home delivery trucks, waste management trucks and fire engines.
  • Licence Category C+E vehicles, also called Class 1: This allows drivers to drive large vehicles over 3.5 tonnes with a trailer > 750 kg MAM (maximum authorised mass). Examples of HGV Class 1 trucks include articulated lorries or rigid lorries with a trailer.

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What else do temp HGV drivers need?

Two elements are required – a tachograph and a Driver CPC card.

  • A tachograph: This instrument records the drivers’ hours, speed and distance. It ensures that drivers follow the rules on drivers’ hours, applicable for vehicles with a total permissible weight or total combined weight > 3.5 tonnes.
  • A Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) card: To be able to drive a lorry (categories C, C+E, C1 and C1+E), bus or coach, drivers need 35 hours of periodic training, every 5 years. Once they’ve done their training, drivers receive a Driver CPC card.

35 hours of training required every 5 years for a driver CPC card

Source: UK government guidance

How much should I pay for temp drivers?

It depends on the exact role!

Due to staff shortages, based on our experience, temp HGV drivers’ pay rates have increased. In London, at the time we write, we’re seeing the following candidate’s pay rates:

  • HGV Class 1 driver (Cat C+E): ~£14 – £18 per hour, depending on the working hours (weekend, night shifts…).
  • HGV Class 2 driver (Cat C): ~£11 – £13 per hour.
  • 7.5 tonne driver (Class C1): £10 – £12 per hour.
  • Multi-drop delivery driver (3.5 tonnes): £8.50 – £10.50 per hour.
  • Driver mate: £7.83-£8.50 per hour.

When you hire temporary agency workers, don’t forget that you need to add on top the statutory payments (~13.8%) – i.e., National Insurance contributions and holidays and sick pay,  as well as the recruitment agencies margins (~17.9% on average for the industry according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation).  

How to find temp drivers easily?

Simply go on TempaGoGo!

Instead of having to find and call numerous agencies and hope they’ll have suitable candidates, simply post your job request on TempaGoGo. 

You can work with multiple agencies at once, in a few clicks. And it’s free for you to use (i.e., no extra cost on top of the agency fees)!

To conclude…

If you’re struggling to recruit temp HGV drivers – you’re not the only one!

TempaGoGo can help – don’t hesitate to contact us on 0207 993 6464 or submit your job request here!

If you have other tactics to share, let me know!

I’d love to hear from you!

Caroline 


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