If you’re hunting for HGV jobs in the East Midlands area, then our search pages will give you a comprehensive breakdown of what’s available close to you.
The East Midlands is made up of the counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.
9% of all jobs in The East Midlands are in Logistics, and there are around 140,000 HGV journeys made in the region every single day. The area also has the highest growth rate of traffic in the UK. The region’s popularity with the Logistics sector can be partly explained by its excellent transport links. The M1 motorway provides a vital link between London and Leeds. The A1 is also a major contributor, providing a link to the East of England’s ports, and a major route for the traffic generated by the UK agricultural industry.
East Midlands Airport is also another major reason why the area is so important for Logistics; it handles 4 million passengers every year, but more importantly it is the second busiest airport in the UK for freight traffic, making it a major cargo hub second only to London Heathrow. East Midlands Airport handles around 300,000 tonnes of air freight and mail every year, and courier companies such as DHL, UPS and TNT all have a permanent involvement with the airport as a base to import and export freight.
The River Trent is also still a major contributor to the supply chain in The East Midlands, and is regularly used to transport goods to the Humber where they may eventually find their way out to sea on a cargo vessel.
The East Midlands has its foundations in manufacturing. The jet engine was built and developed in the region and it was the home of the first factory ever to be built in the world. Nowadays, around 23% of the region’s economic activity is in manufacturing, which is still high compared to the UK average of 15%. Rolls Royce manufacture aero engines and marine power equipment in the area, Siemens make gas turbines, and trains for the London Underground are also manufactured here.
A lot of manufacturing for the retail sector is still carried out in The East Midlands, and for this reason many international retailers have headquarters premises here, including the fashion designer Paul Smith, Next and Boots. Dr Martens footwear is still manufactured near Wellingborough, along with many other footwear companies.
There is still a relatively high volume of food processing in The East Midlands. Well-known household names still manufacturing food products in the area include;
Food processing plants in the area also supply major high street brands, such as Pizza Hut, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose with popular food items such as pies, pizza bases, sandwich fillers and sandwiches, and white fish.
It’s easy to see how the unique economic geography of The East Midlands make it the ideal focus point for any new or experienced HGV Driver. Opportunities for work are varied and starting salaries are good for newly qualified drivers. There are also big financial benefits for drivers who have completed a C+E qualification or have additional licences and tickets, for example ADR, Hi-Ab or Forklift.
In food processing, Cat C drivers are required to move refrigerated vehicles of goods out of the plants and factories and to retailers where they can be sold. There is also movement of ingredients in to the processing plants, either via palletised loads carried by Cat C drivers, or coming from the East of England’s docks on containers carried by C+E drivers. Some of the raw produce needed to make the food products produced in the East Midlands will be grown on farms in the East of England and brought up on the A1.
The East’s docks also support the manufacturing industry in The East Midlands, with component parts and materials being shipped internationally to be made into things like engines and shoes. All of these materials will come in containerised loads, and be delivered by road by HGV drivers.
The East Midlands airport creates more jobs for HGV Drivers. Mail items and other freight is brought in on aircraft and needs to be delivered throughout the UK using the road network. Category C+E drivers are required to collect the air cargo, which is often distributed to major hubs and warehouses before being collected by Cat C and Cat C1 drivers for delivery all over the country.
Heavy haulage also plays a major part in creating jobs for HGV Drivers in the region, with power equipment, train parts and aircraft engines still being manufactured in the area, C+E Drivers are often required to move oversized loads, either moving parts into the factories, or taking completed equipment out to its delivery site, or to the docks for shipping.
Due to the high level of logistics roles in The East Midlands, HGV Drivers are in demand. A high level of jobs advertising online is with Driver Agencies, and fantastic roles with good salary levels can be gained in this way. However, many companies choose to advertise privately, usually on their website, so it’s worth identifying some local companies to approach directly if you’re considering a HGV driving role in The East Midlands.
Heavy haulage roles in the area give opportunities for short distance, highly paid C+E driving work, whereas multi-drop deliveries for retailers or food processors can give more flexible employment to fit around family commitments. Shifts are available, particularly for airport collections and deliveries, and many businesses in the area operate at both weekends and evenings. There is often the opportunity to take up divided shifts in this type of driving role, for example working 4 days on and three days off, which can be beneficial to working families. International trunking roles are available, and you can expect these to be based between the Employers’ East Midlands premises and the docks in the East.
To give you a general idea of the sort of jobs available, below are some examples of HGV driving jobs we found in The East Midlands, including the salary level they were advertised at when they were posted;
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