What Do Multi Drop Drivers Do?
Unlike normal delivery drivers who take items from A to B, multi drop drivers take a number of packages to more than two places, with most delivering to 10 or more places in one run.
Working as a multi drop driver, your responsibilities could include:
- Delivering a wide range of goods, including valuable packages and parcels, to different destinations, including homes and commercial premises.
- Collecting parcels from a range of destinations, including commercial premises, airports and train stations.
- Planning your route so that you deliver all complete all your deliveries in the most efficient way possible.
- Liaising with the public and with other members of your delivery team.
- Dealing with any problems, including customer complaints, lost packages and late deliveries, in a calm and professional manner.
- Ensuring that deliveries are signed for or the drop meets with the customer request.
Generally speaking, multi drop drivers work standard office hours, with most deliveries made between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday. At the same time, however, you may be able to enjoy a significant level of flexibility, for example by working weekends, nights and Bank Holidays and choosing your own hours.
Skills and Qualifications
While you won’t need any academic qualifications to work as a multi drop driver – though good levels of English and maths will always be looked on favorably by employers – you will be expected to hold a relevant driving licence.
So, if you want to work as a parcel and package courier, the chances are you will be working in a car or at most a small van. As such, you will need a full standard UK driving licence, with most employers asking that your licence is completely clean.
If, however, you want to work as an LGV multi drop driver then you will be required to hold a Category C Class II LGV licence. Earning an LGV licence is relatively straightforward, though getting qualified can take time, effort and money.
On the plus side, as an LGV multi drop driver you can expect to earn more than if you simply drove a car delivering small packages.
As well as a full, clean driving licence, since you will be out and about representing them, employers will also expect you to have a polite and professional personality as well as a smart appearance. Additionally, you will be expected to be organized, efficient and, above all, reliable.
Pay and Benefits
Multi drop drivers are usually paid by the hour rather than by a fixed monthly wage. If you’re a newly-qualified driver on your first job, you can expect to earn around £8 an hour, though with experience, this can rise to around £10 an hour.
Additionally, higher rates may be offered for overtime, as well as for weekend and night work.
Aside from the pay, there are a number of additional benefits of working as a multi drop driver. These may include:
- Being able to choose your own hours: Many drivers work for several companies, so you may be able to pick and choose which days and which hours you work.
- Spending your days driving, seeing new places and meeting new people rather than being stuck at a desk.
- The opportunity to move into a supervisory or fleet management role and so boosting your income.
- You can listen to music whilst you drive, and you are free to make personal calls (make sure you have a hands free kit).
Your first step should be to perform an online job search, however a number of major courier and delivery companies regularly take on new drivers.
Check out the FedEx recruitment page alternatively, supermarkets are always on the lookout for multi drop drivers to deliver online orders.
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In summary it we think that:
1. Multi drop drivers undertake several deliveries a day, ranging from simple parcels deliveries right through to delivering large, valuable packages to corporate premises.
2. As well as driving and delivering, you may also be tasked with plotting the most efficient route and also with dealing with any problems that may occur.
3. Most deliveries will take place during normal business hours, though you may be required to work overtime as well as unsocial hours.
4. As a rule, you probably won’t need any formal qualifications to become a multi drop delivery driver, though good numeracy and literacy skills will always be an advantage.
5. You will, however, need to have a full UK driving licence, with most employers requiring you to have no points on your licence.
6. Meanwhile, if you want to be an LGV driver, you’ll need to hold a Category C Class II LGV licence.
7. If you’re a newly-qualified driver on your first job, you can expect to earn around £8 an hour, though with experience, this can rise to around £10 an hour
Want to boost your earnings by driving an LGV? Check out our guide to Work as a HGV Driver, where we have advice on how to get your HGV licence and the steps you need to take.
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