There is strong demand for drivers in Hampshire, thanks to the crucial role the transport industry plays in the local economy. Large volumes of freight are moved through the county to and from the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth every day, so haulage and logistics companies need both permanent and temporary staff to cope with the workload.
There is a wide selection of transport and third-party warehousing businesses in Hampshire, including Davies Turner, ACP Freight, Fowler Welch, 2MV Logistics, Fraser Freight and Meachers Global Logistics. They offer employment opportunities for LGV and 7.5-tonne drivers, as well as fork lift truck operators to help with loading and unloading.
A number of major companies have regional distribution centres in the county, such as Sainsbury's, The Co-op and Fuller's, all of which require driving staff. As in most parts of the country, there are also couriers and eCommerce businesses that recruit multi-drop van drivers, as well as plant hire firms that need delivery drivers.
Most jobs in the sector are permanent, but employers also use specialist recruitment agencies to find experienced, reference-checked drivers for temporary assignments to cover for holidays and spikes in traffic. Salaries for drivers in Hampshire are usually slightly above the national average, with LGV drivers paid between £21,000 and £30,000 a year and van drivers earning from £15,000 to £17,000.