6.6

Royal Mail

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HGV driver at Royal Mail

People in this role may also be known as HGV and LGV drivers.

62 workers in this role at Royal Mail have taken the survey.

How much does Royal Mail pay HGV drivers?

HGV driver at Royal Mail
£12.08–20.25
Typical range
£9.53–15.67

HGV driver employees at Royal Mail are typically paid £12.08–20.25 an hour, based on data from 62 employees.

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What is management like for HGV driver employees at Royal Mail?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do HGV drivers think Royal Mail head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    79% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 52 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

Excellent
  • Managers are respectful

    Do HGV drivers at Royal Mail feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    81% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 47 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    Being part of a team. Feeling suported by my manager.

    Worst thing

    Being overwhelmed, overloaded and working in extream weather conditions. And rude customers

    7.6

    Employee, September 2021

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What are the hours like for HGV driver employees at Royal Mail?

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  • Good choice of shifts

    Do HGV drivers at Royal Mail get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    72% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 39 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • 4+ weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do HGV drivers get of their shift pattern at Royal Mail?

    Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 31% report getting one week notice or less
    • 15% report getting two weeks notice
    • 4% report getting three weeks notice
    • 9% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 41% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 54 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for HGV drivers to book a holiday at Royal Mail?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    93% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 55 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for HGV drivers to take sick leave at Royal Mail?

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    91% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 53 job reviews

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Royal Mail managers change HGV drivers shifts at short notice?

    Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    91% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 53 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do HGV drivers at Royal Mail get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    93% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 60 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do HGV drivers at Royal Mail do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    83% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 54 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do HGV drivers at Royal Mail worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    83% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 42 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

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  • Best thing

    Teamwork, good hourly rate, fresh air, beautiful scenery exercise and good customers.

    Worst thing

    Being overloaded and pressured to go faster. Having to ask to finish on time, being expected to take extra work every shift. Bringing mail back.

    5.8

    Employee, October 2021

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What is career progression like for HGV drivers at Royal Mail?

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  • Opportunities to progress

    Are HGV drivers given support to progress at Royal Mail?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 57% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 46 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

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  • Enough training

    Do HGV drivers get enough training when they start at Royal Mail?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    89% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 61 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

Latest reviews from HGV drivers at Royal Mail

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  • Best thing

    Job is easy. Get to travel around. Staff are great. Works there.

    8.6

    Employee, August 2021

  • Worst thing

    Company doesn’t care about you one jot

    2.5

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Wages

    Worst thing

    Bad management at local level

    6.2

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Plenty off exercise (walking) speaking to the public

    Worst thing

    Walking in the rain,snow etc

    4.9

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Working on my own

    Worst thing

    Dealing with people

    7.8

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Flexibility

    Worst thing

    Bullying not being treated the same as Royal Mail Employees

    3.6

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Out on the road I am my own boss

    Worst thing

    Traffic delays makes me late home to family

    7.9

    LGV 1 driver, April 2021

  • Best thing

    It's pleasant and friendly

    Worst thing

    Cold weather

    9.3

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Plenty of overtime
    Can work the hours I ask for
    No hassle

    Worst thing

    Transport management are clueless
    No union representation

    8.0

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Nice easy relaxed atmosphere

    Worst thing

    Early starts

    7.2

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Excellent rate of pay, easy work

    8.5

    Employee, March 2021

  • Best thing

    good pay, paid breaks

    Worst thing

    being stuck in traffic

    9.4

    Employee, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Being able to work on your own

    Worst thing

    Long hours, mixed shifts and stress.

    6.1

    Employee, February 2021

  • Best thing

    The company and the people.

    Worst thing

    Not knowing if 8 will ever get a full time position

    7.2

    HGV driver, January 2021

  • Best thing

    responsibility, respect, trusted

    Worst thing

    early starts

    9.4

    HGV driver, January 2021

  • Best thing

    Guaranteed minimum 8hours per shift, ie work 6 still get paid for 8.

    Worst thing

    Shifts can be cancelled at a moments notice, you rarely get 5 days work in a week

    3.8

    7.5t driver, January 2021

  • Best thing

    Easy work no stress

    Worst thing

    Traffic other road users

    9.0

    Driver, January 2021

  • Best thing

    Pays ok

    Worst thing

    Shifts are to long

    4.5

    HGV driver, January 2021

  • Best thing

    Get spare time

    Worst thing

    Bad team work

    7.8

    MGV driver, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Security

    Worst thing

    Managers can't do my job

    8.0

    Hgv driver, August 2020

  • Best thing

    Freedom out and about driving

    Worst thing

    Traffic

    7.8

    Hgv driver, July 2020

  • Best thing

    Left alone to carry out you’re duties

    Worst thing

    Outside traffic

    9.0

    Lgv driver, June 2020

  • Best thing

    Salary, the job itself and fellow colleagues

    10.0

    LGV driver, November 2019

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How Royal Mail ranks

Royal Mail ranks joint 16th to work for in HGV or LGV driver employers

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