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Vehicle Technician

Royal Mail

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Job description from Royal Mail

Do you want to join the largest fleet operator in the UK? Do you want to take the next step and develop your career? Are you a vehicle technician who is looking for a fresh challenge and would like experience working in a commercial vehicle environment? Is so, Royal Mail is the place for you!


We are now recruiting Vehicle Technicians at Gillingham Workshop on a Permanent contract, with the potential to earn over £45,000 including overtime.

Salary: £35,364 per annum plus a late shift allowance of £339.16 a month pro rata. Saturday working will be required on a rotational basis, once every 3 weeks. A weekend supplement for Saturday (£50 per attendance). Overtime is also available at this workshop.

Working Hours: ​Full time​ - ​39.5​ hours per week (rotating shift pattern; week 1: 06:00 - 14:00, and week 2: 14:00 - 22:00)

Benefits

• 22.5 days annual holiday (plus bank holidays) on entry, with the option to purchase more, rising with service
• A competitive company pension scheme
• A great opportunity to develop your career working for the largest fleet operator in the UK
• Modern workshop facilities and equipment
• PPE and image clothing (including overalls and steel toe capped boots) supplied
• Annual training and development plan provided
• Development and progression opportunities into management structure

The Role

With a Fleet of over 49,000 vehicles, meeting the challenge of maintaining our vehicles is a real team effort. With the opportunity to work on a range of makes and models of vehicle, there couldn’t be a better time to join Royal Mail as a Vehicle Technician.

We are looking for professional vehicle technicians to perform a full range of inspections, diagnosis, maintenance and repair procedures on a range of vehicle, trailers and mechanical equipment operated by Royal Mail Group. As a team player who takes real pride in their work, you’ll be prepared to go the extra mile to ensure the job is done effectively.

As an experienced technician you will have your own personal toolkit equipped to undertake routine maintenance and repair of light/heavy (delete as applicable) vehicles. Specialist tooling and equipment will be provided for common use by everyone within the workshop.

Successful candidates must be fully qualified to at least advanced level (IMI Level 3 in Light or Heavy vehicle (delete as applicable) maintenance & repair or an equivalent qualification) and have proven (via CV) experience of working on a wide range of vehicles for example LCV/LGV.We also require you to have a full manual driving licence (LGV preferred with trailer experience).

With career progression and development opportunities, you’ll be able to make your mark at Royal Mail. If you want to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity, please click ‘Apply now’.

Royal Mail are proud of our diverse employee network groups and the active role they play to support belonging and encourage a positive work environment. We are firmly committed to inclusion and passionate about our people representing the communities we serve.

We are happy to support your need for any adjustments during the application and hiring process. Please share the details within your application if required.

Trust forms the foundation of everything we do in Royal Mail. We want to be transparent about what kind of qualities we are looking for and build trust from the very beginning of your journey with us. The first step is your interview, and we mean ‘your’ interview. We want to give you the opportunity to shine. To enable you to do this, we will provide you with your interview questions ahead of the interview taking place. This will allow you time to prepare, and ensure you have your best examples in mind. Royal Mail Group values both trust, and our people.

We are Forces family friendly and a Gold signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant. We welcome applications from ex-Armed Forces personnel, reservists, veterans, cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.

For more information on Royal Mail Group and our values please click here: https://www.internationaldistributionsservices.com/en/about-us/

Job Reference: 313572


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Job insights from Breakroom

Vehicle mechanics and technicians

Vehicle mechanics repair and service cars, vans and other vehicles

What you’ll do as a vehicle mechanic and technician:

  • Drive vehicles
  • Maintenance of vehicles and tools
  • Understand mechanics and engineering
  • Responsible for health and safety
  • Ability to repair and replace parts needed

Is it right for you?

This job may involve:

  • Driving
  • Physical activities
  • Heavy lifting
  • Wearing a uniform

Map

Gillingham

A map of the rough location for this vacancy

What employees say

Pay

    Good
  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do Royal Mail pay vehicle technicians enough to live on?

    Most people are paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    100% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 18 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The current rates are £12.00 per hour, and £13.15 per hour in London.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Good
  • Most people are paid market rates

    Do Royal Mail pay vehicle technicians market rates?

    Most people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    100% of people are paid above average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 18 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and March 2024.

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t get paid breaks

    Do vehicle technicians at Royal Mail get paid breaks?

    No. Most people don’t get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    68% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 19 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • Good
  • Most people get sick pay

    Do Royal Mail pay vehicle technicians sick pay?

    Yes. Most people get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    83% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 18 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

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

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work.

    How we know this

    94% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    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.

Hours and flexibility

    Good
  • Most people don’t worry about their hours

    Do vehicle technicians at Royal Mail worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    92% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 13 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and February 2024.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get a choice of shifts

    Do vehicle technicians at Royal Mail get to choose the shifts they work?

    Some people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    36% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 14 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    Why this matters

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

  • Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for vehicle technicians to book a holiday at Royal Mail?

    Most people find it easy to book holiday.

    How we know this

    89% of people report it’s easy to book holidays.

    Based on data from 19 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    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.

  • Good
  • Shifts don’t get changed at short notice

    Do Royal Mail managers change vehicle technicians shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice.

    How we know this

    100% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 17 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for vehicle technicians to take sick leave at Royal Mail?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    94% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 18 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off when you need to.

    A good job should support you when you’re unwell and have systems in place that will allow you to take time off to recover when you need it.

Workplace

    Good
  • Most people feel treated with respect

    Do vehicle technicians at Royal Mail feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    67% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 15 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2022 and March 2024.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people get proper breaks

    Do vehicle technicians at Royal Mail get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    89% of people report that they get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 19 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Some people are stressed

    Is it stressful for vehicle technicians to work at Royal Mail?

    Some people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    47% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 17 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Good
  • Most people enjoy their job

    Do vehicle technicians at Royal Mail enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    81% of people report they enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2022 and March 2024.

  • Good
  • Most people recommend their team

    Do vehicle technicians at Royal Mail recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    68% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 19 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Good
  • Most people get enough training

    Do vehicle technicians get enough training when they start at Royal Mail?

    Most people got enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    67% of people report they got enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 18 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get support to progress

    Are vehicle technicians given support to progress at Royal Mail?

    Only some people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 57% 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 data from 14 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    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.

  • Needs improving
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

    Do vehicle technicians think Royal Mail head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work.

    How we know this

    94% 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 data from 18 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people feel well informed by head office

    Do vehicle technicians feel well informed about how Royal Mail is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    35% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 17 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between May 2022 and March 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Find out more about working at Royal Mail

What Royal Mail employees say about their job

  • Best thing

    Working outside.
    Keeping fit.
    Good for mental health

    Worst thing

    They allocate holidays
    Sick policy is strict
    It's difficult to get time off

    7.0

    Royal Mail Employee, July 2024

  • Best thing

    When I am on delivery. Working on my own.

    Worst thing

    The constant changes Royal Mail bring in. With no actual plan for make the business better.

    5.5

    Royal Mail Postman, June 2024

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    Worst thing

    You have to be outside every day, walk around 10 miles a day (it can hurt), you work with the public!!
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    6.8

    Royal Mail Employee, May 2024

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    Worst thing

    Early finish is coming to an end.
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    4.6

    Royal Mail Postman, May 2024

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    The friends in the office not including managers

    Worst thing

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    3.0

    Royal Mail Employee, April 2024

  • Best thing

    Getting out of the office

    Worst thing

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    5.0

    Royal Mail Employee, March 2024

  • Best thing

    Hours , holidays

    Worst thing

    Management and negative work place atmosphere.

    5.5

    Royal Mail Customer advisor, January 2024

  • Best thing

    Set hours

    Worst thing

    Managers are bullies but don't realise the pain they cause

    6.4

    Royal Mail Employee, January 2024

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    Pay and conditions are industry leading and we're unionised. It's possible to take career breaks up to two years. There's usually plenty of overtime.

    Worst thing

    Annual leave has to be booked over a year in advance and you're not guaranteed the weeks you want. We're understaffed and can't complete our jobs properly. It's stressful taking your rest day and annual leave as your round will be left uncovered. They only take on part time staff and getting made up to full time can take years, even if you always work a full time week. Smaller offices implement overtime bans which isn't ideal if you rely on it. If you don't have your own round you don't get the rota until the Friday before so making plans is impossible.

    7.5

    Royal Mail Employee, February 2022

  • Best thing

    The ease of my daily tasks, most work just requires you to use common sense. I’m left on my own or with my colleagues to get on with my work, so I find that the management is very laid back. Also the flexibility, start times and lengths of my shifts are available to change around the clock. The people I work with are easy going and good people, which makes my working days better. Lastly the job pays well.

    Worst thing

    The lack of responsibility mainly, although this is good because it reduces stress, I feel as if my voice isn’t heard by Royal Mail. For example, if I have suggestions on how I think the workplace could be improved I highly doubt my thoughts would be considered. There is a big lack of progress, no job openings seem to be available for a permanent position within my site, regardless of whether this is a job within the sorting centre or offices.

    7.5

    Royal Mail Mail sorter, December 2020

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