Courier: Why this job is in demand
The Coronavirus pandemic and Brexit have totally redefined the meaning of the word ‘essential’ in the UK job market as couriers emerge as the most in-demand jobs of the last year and a half.
People up and down the country have now made ordering online part of their normal life - even many of those who used to prefer brick and mortar shopping pre-pandemic.
This has in turn prompted an increase in deliveries and a big need for drivers and couriers.
The UK job market is now in the midst of a major shift with once ‘job safe’ professions such as pilots and hospitality managers currently on a downhill trajectory and the demand for health and labour workers on a rapid rise.
The end of free movement between the continent and the UK because of Brexit means that employers can also no longer have the luxury of supplementing any possible gaps in their workforce with workers from countries such as Poland, Romania or Latvia.
They will now need to sponsor non-British workers unless those EU citizens had been living and working in the UK prior to Brexit.
Tapping into ‘homegrown’ labour skills and couriers is now the only viable option for British employers and the huge demand in that particular job sector is abundant for all to see.
The average salary for a courier in the UK is £132 per day depending on the employer and the number of hours involved.
Like most jobs, there are pros and cons to being a courier.
Courier jobs can be a full-time income or a part-time way to make extra cash so there is some scope for flexibility.
Most couriers can manage their own workday so they have the freedom to adjust based on their needs.
It’s also a role where they don’t have to rely on others to get the job done.
Depending on the person, this could be a positive or a negative - it’s a job where you’d spend a lot of alone time.
Some of the cons include missing out on employee benefits - as is the case with a lot of courier jobs - as well as no paid holidays.