Job Description:

Chauffeurs drive clients from place to place, making sure their journey is safe and comfortable, and that they arrive on time.

Job Category:
Automotive & Aviation

What you will do:

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on your employer.

You could:

  • meet and greet clients
  • lift and store luggage carefully and safely in the vehicle
  • help passengers get in and out of the vehicle if required
  • research routes and provide journey information
  • drive clients to and from their destination
  • make sure that the vehicle is clean and well maintained for each job


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • active listening skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • organisational skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • adaptable to fit in with clients needs
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Chauffeur, specific qualifications are not the primary focus. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial in preparing for a career in chauffeuring. Chauffeurs are responsible for driving clients in a professional and safe manner. Here are some relevant subjects that can be helpful:

  1. English Language: Strong communication skills, including reading and understanding written instructions, are essential for a Chauffeur.
  2. Mathematics (Optional): Basic math skills are useful for tasks such as calculating distances, managing expenses, and handling payments.
  3. Geography (Optional): A basic understanding of geography can be helpful in navigating routes efficiently.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
  • taking a specialist driver training course

Direct Application
You can apply directly for jobs if you’ve got a lot of experience, for example through working as a driver for the police, the armed forces or in the taxi industry.

Other Routes
You could take a driver training course, like those offered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists to improve your chances of finding work. You could also take a specialist chauffeur course with a private training provider.

Restrictions and Requirements for the UK
You’ll need to:

  • have a full driving licence
  • be over 21 years of age
  • pass background checks

You may need a private hire vehicle licence for some jobs.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work from a vehicle or at a client’s home.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career Path & Progression:

You could go on to set up your own business.

You could also be a ‘lead driver’ and train other chauffeurs.