CHAUFFEURS drive clients to and from places, making sure that their journey is safe and comfortable, and that they arrive on time.
As a chauffeur, you might work for just one employer, or for a company offering chauffeur services.
To be a chauffeur, you should have a smart appearance and a professional manner. You’re timekeeping will need to be excellent. Sometimes you will have to work unsociable hours.
A full UK driving licence is essential and you will need to be an experienced driver. Many employers will expect you to have completed driver training.
Your job would include:
n PICKING up clients and taking them to their destination;
n HELPING passengers with their luggage;
n HELPING passengers get in and out of the vehicle if required;
n PROVIDING journey information;
n MAKING sure that the vehicle is clean and well maintained for each job.
Work depends on your employer. If you worked for a private household, you might take members of the family to school, work or social events.
You may also have other duties, such as shopping or light maintenance work.
If you worked for a large organisation, you may drive company clients or staff to and from meetings, or collect them from airports or railway stations.
As a chauffeur at a limousine-hire company, your work would depend on the needs of clients, and could include driving anniversary, wedding or funeral parties.
A fixed working pattern is unlikely and your hours could be very irregular. You may have to spend nights away from home, and work early mornings, evenings, Bank Holidays and weekends.
Split shifts are common, giving you free time in the afternoon.
Temporary and part-time work is also common.
Starting salaries can be between £12,500 and £16,000 a year.
This can go up to £25,000 a year, depending on the contract and location.
Experienced chauffeurs can earn around £30,000 a year.
When applying for jobs, it may help you if you have previous experience of driving work, for example as a driver with a taxi firm, the police or in the armed forces.
If you work for a company as a chauffeur, you may receive further on-the-job training, for example in first aid or security awareness. You may also be encouraged to work towards NVQ qualifications.