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Tesco

HGV driver at Tesco

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

52 workers in this role at Tesco have taken the survey.

How much does Tesco pay HGV drivers?

HGV driver at Tesco
£11.07–14.84
Typical range
£9.62–15.91

HGV driver employees at Tesco are typically paid £11.07–14.84 an hour, based on data from 52 employees.

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What is management like for HGV driver employees at Tesco?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do HGV drivers think Tesco 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 42 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 Tesco feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    80% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 41 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

    Many students so you make friends easily
    Everyone’s really chill
    Can book overtime in any department as long as you train
    Get paid more when you train in different departments
    Manager and team leaders are really nice

    Worst thing

    Just make sure you’re flexible with your hours- you don’t need to work so many days a week, it can be weekends. They’ll ask you to do overtime but you’re not obliged to remember.
    Don’t feel like you’ll get fired or they’ll hate you if you don’t flex up to do overtime- learn how to say no it’s fine

    9.0

    Employee, December 2021

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What are the hours like for HGV driver employees at Tesco?

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  • Contracts don’t match the hours people work

    Do HGV drivers work the same number they are contracted for at Tesco?

    Only some people work the same number of hours they’re contracted for

    How we know this

    53% of people report working 8 hours or more than they’re contracted for each week

    Based on information from 45 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you should expect to work about the same number of hours that your contract guarantees you, most of the time.

    It’s useful to pick up or drop a few shifts here and there, but if you often work a lot more hours every week than you’re contracted for, a good job should guarantee them.

    This means you’re more likely to know when you’ll be working and how much you’ll earn in advance.

Good
  • Good choice of shifts

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

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    57% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 44 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.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

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

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    84% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 45 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 Tesco?

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    93% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 45 job reviews

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Tesco managers change HGV drivers shifts at short notice?

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

    How we know this

    94% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 49 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 Tesco get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    94% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 52 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.

  • 4+ weeks notice of shifts

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

    People get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 20% report getting one week notice or less
    • 0% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 24% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 57% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 51 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.

  • No unpaid extra work

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

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    96% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 46 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 Tesco worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    79% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 47 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.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    It's a very relaxed environment once you've gotten the hang of everything you're doing and the people you work with. The work is pretty good for the pay you get, especially if you do Sundays or nights. Hours are very flexible and the mangers can be great banter which makes you feel much more comfortable.

    Worst thing

    I was extremely ill for a week and half and had taken time off after almost passing out during a shift when trying to work despite my illness, this time off lead to my mangers decision to let me go but played it off to me as them feeling that I just wasn't a great fit for the company despite my known fast working pace. There was also an unreal about of drama and gossip made up about colleges including myself and it could cause large rifts in the workplace. I've heard this is very common at Tesco.

    6.1

    Employee, December 2021

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What is career progression like for HGV drivers at Tesco?

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  • No career progression

    Are HGV drivers given support to progress at Tesco?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 65% of people report not 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 43 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.

Excellent
  • Enough training

    Do HGV drivers get enough training when they start at Tesco?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    90% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 50 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 Tesco

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  • Best thing

    Being away from the depot and management.

    Worst thing

    Management, logistics and organisation poor. Pay.. £12.79 per hour class 1. Just offered us 22p per hour increase. Aldi offer £14.50 ish for comparison. This from a company that made £825m last year. We've gone from pandemic key workers back to being an inconvenience again.

    6.3

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    I work alone

    Worst thing

    I get lonely

    8.9

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    I Am a transport trainer, I get a lot out of this part of my job

    Worst thing

    Some very early starts.

    7.0

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    When out on the road you are your own boss

    Worst thing

    Very poorly train supervisors who try to bully

    5.5

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    The money, the pension. Left alone to do your job

    9.5

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    I like driving so the driving is always amazing and most staff are really friendly

    Worst thing

    All the rules regulations and it’s all your responsibility but if you don’t feel great and struggling with everything it’s hard to find time for yourself it’s been extremely hard during covid19

    5.2

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    It pays the bills, no pleasure in the job anymore as its all about cost cutting and rewarding directors while grass root workers are having their pay cut.
    Corporate greed is the be all and end all within this organisation

    4.7

    HGV driver, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Once out on the road job is manageable

    Worst thing

    Office staff asking us to break tesco policy

    7.9

    HGV driver, February 2021

  • Best thing

    easy work

    Worst thing

    go out in the snow

    10.0

    HGV driver, February 2021

  • Best thing

    No pressure, I get to drive all over he south west.

    Worst thing

    Eu law controls how many hours I can work limiting what I can earn. Hourly rates are poor, meaning it’s a struggle

    6.0

    Employee, January 2021

  • Best thing

    I enjoy doing what I do. Colleges are great. Friendly. Good secure job. Good benefits. And more.

    Worst thing

    Getting things done or sorted out that are wrong.

    8.4

    HGV TRAINER/ ASSESSOR, January 2021

  • Best thing

    Regular work

    Worst thing

    Not knowing what time you finish your shift

    5.5

    HGV driver, January 2021

  • Best thing

    The ability to choose my own work rota

    Worst thing

    Physical

    6.6

    HGV driver, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Getting around the country

    Worst thing

    No getting the shifts

    7.8

    Hgv driver, October 2020

  • Best thing

    No stress. We aren’t rushed or put under pressure to perform. Managers are very understanding and helpful

    Worst thing

    We aren’t given a finish time for each day, so it makes it difficult to plan a social life

    7.8

    Hgv driver, September 2020

  • Best thing

    Finish reasonable time, left alone majority of time, pay and benefits.

    Worst thing

    Other road users, having to wait long periods to do delivery.

    8.2

    Hgv driver, August 2020

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