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Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver

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€20k > 34 
Lorry Driver
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 32 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

Truck Driver
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 34 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 identifies difficulty in relation to sourcing suitable candidates for a number of driving skills including:

  • fork lift drivers
  • articulated truck drivers/ heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers
  • reach truck drivers
  • rigid truck with Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

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Occupational Category

Road Transport Operatives

Also included in this category:

Large goods vehicle drivers (e.g. heavy goods vehicle drivers; haulage contractors; lorry drivers); van drivers; bus and coach drivers; taxi and cab drivers and chauffeurs; driving instructors

Number Employed:

61,400

Part time workers: 20%
Aged over 55: 32%
Male / Female: 97 / 3%
Non-Nationals: 14%
With Third Level: 11%
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At a Glance... header image

Responsible for the delivery and collection of goods throughout Ireland, the UK and on the continent.


The Work header image

Lorry or large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers are responsible for the delivery and collection of goods throughout Ireland, the UK and on the continent. They load the lorry and make sure that the load is securely fastened. When they arrive at the point of delivery, they clean and refuel their Lorries. Drivers usually have a basic understanding of vehicle maintenance.  
 
LGV drivers are responsible for planning the quickest route and keeping records of mileage and deliveries. They have to deal with invoices and delivery notes, and make sure that all the paperwork is completed for each load. They must comply with the various regulations that exist relating to their vehicles, such as speed and load limits or hours of driving.  
 
Some drivers specialise in delivering potentially dangerous loads, such as hazardous chemicals or extremely large loads. There are 3 types of lorry driver:

    • Local - stay in their own locality

 

    • National - travel around the country

 

  • Long haul - travel to different countries They are often away for weeks at a time.


 
There are owner operator lorry drivers who own their own lorries. Company drivers drive lorries supplied by employers.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Obey traffic laws and follow established traffic and transportation procedures.

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Inspect and maintain vehicle supplies and equipment, such as gas, oil, water, tires, lights, or brakes, to ensure that vehicles are in proper working condition.

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Report any mechanical problems encountered with vehicles.

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Present bills and receipts and collect payments for goods delivered or loaded.

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Load and unload trucks, vans, or automobiles.

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Verify the contents of inventory loads against shipping papers.

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Turn in receipts and money received from deliveries.

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Maintain records, such as vehicle logs, records of cargo, or billing statements, in accordance with regulations.

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Read maps and follow written or verbal geographic directions.

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Report delays, accidents, or other traffic and transportation situations to bases or other vehicles, using telephones or mobile two-way radios.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

In addition to being a good driver, it is important that you are able to work alone and concentrate for long periods of time. You should be self-reliant and security conscious as the loads are often valuable and sometimes dangerous. Reasonable physical fitness and stamina are also required if carrying and lifting loads. You should be comfortable with spending time on your own.


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..HGV Driver - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Large Goods Vehicle Driver - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Lorry Driver - from:  icould [UK] Video

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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Driving Instructor Register of Ireland
  Address: 105 Shanliss Road, Santry, Dublin 9
  Tel: (01) 8422587
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Labour Market Information/Driver of Road Goods Vehicles
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Organisation: Irish Road Haulage Association,
  Address: Suite 6 Gowna Plaza, Bracetown Business Park, Clonee Co. Meath
  Tel: (01) 8013380
  Email: Click here
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