Guess we shall have to agree to differ then.Interlog wrote:Getting a 14% increase is rather steep but to say that you don't need any qualifications to drive a truck is a little naive.
You need to pass a HGV test for a starter, be subjected to medical examinations every 5 years once your passed the age of 45, in very due course have to site examinations (a driver's CPC) once in a while and I've not even started on the various bits of legislation drivers have to comply with. Furthermore, these tankerdrivers need to have an ADR certificate that needs to be earned and paid for.
Add to that the fact that their wage is not very much higher than what other professional drivers earn (Supermarket trolley drivers earn approx. £ 35000 per year), I would say that they wage is just about justified. They, in effect, are driving a bomb down the motorways.
Clearly was eh Kevin?Interlog wrote:Perhaps you're all in the wrong profession
Not all of these apply to HGV drivers (and I'm not a HGV driver - I work in the industry) but the highlighted bits of the quote in my opinion apply to any HGV driver.A profession is an occupation, vocation or career where specialized knowledge of a subject, field, or science is applied. It is usually applied to occupations that involve prolonged academic training and a formal qualification. It is axiomatic that "professional activity involves systematic knowledge and proficiency." Professions are usually regulated by professional bodies that may set examinations of competence, act as a licensing authority for practitioners, and enforce adherence to an ethical code of practice.
Just a change in perception I guess. I feel exactly the same when I see photographs in the local paper that show students that have "graduated" wearing cap and gown for the award of their GNVQ or "City and Guilds" certificates.Interlog wrote:OK.. call it a job then. Same difference.
I don't know how it compares over there to the U.S. but obtaining a license here to drive such a truck is just the first step of many. To get a license like that you need to be 21, pass the tests and even go through what amounts to a background check.Jim_UK wrote: Well I am sorry but they are already earning twice the National average and for a job that requires no qualifications other than to be good driver.