The Role of a Chauffeur
Chauffeurs will normally be required to meet the employer
at their home first thing in the morning, drive them to work
and return them home.
During the day the Chauffeur's role can vary greatly. The
employer may require him to run errands, take them to business
appointments, assist with office tasks such as photocopying and
answering telephone calls according to the employers needs.
Alternatively the employer may require the Chauffeur to return
home for the school runs, drive the lady of the house, take
the dog to the vet, pick up the dry cleaning and such like.
Many Chauffeurs will also carry out handyman duties, such
as mowing the lawn, minor electrical and plumbing works, swimming
pool and tennis court maintenance, and security.
Some positions may require close protection skills.
The Chauffeur's hours can be long if the employer entertains
or has a busy evening schedule.
The Chauffeur should have an excellent working knowledge
of local routes, London roads, and motorways. They should
also be able to carry out routine minor maintenance tasks
on the vehicles in their charge and keep them spotless at
Salaries for Chauffeurs may range from £300 - £500+
per week net and are dependent upon age, experience, duties
and hours required. It is usual for employers to pay an overtime
rate of time and a half after an agreed number of hours worked
and at weekends. This should be clearly established within the contract.
Chauffeur positions are normally live-out.