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Shunter Drivers are responsible for the safe on-site movement of heavy vehicles.


Average salaries are in the region of £20,000.00 to £28,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Shunter Drivers are responsible for the safe on-site movement of heavy vehicles.

What they do

Shunter Drivers ensure the safe movement of large vehicles and trailers to enable  the completion of physical tasks. Manoeuvring and reversing heavy vehicles on-site can be a major cause of workplace accidents, so this is an important role. 

Shunter Drivers are aware of the potential dangers on-site and with a working knowledge of the HSE recommended code of signals, they are able to safely manoeuvre heavy vehicles around their employer’s site.

Typical tasks include:

  • Completing safety assessments
  • Inspecting vehicles and trailers
  • Coupling and uncoupling trailers
  • Safely parking trailers
  • Manoeuvring laden and un-laden trailers
  • Adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Moving vehicles onto loading bays
  • Ensuring the handover procedure is fully implemented and understood

Hours & Salary

  • Trainee and newly trained Shunter Drivers can earn in the region of £18,000
  • Trained with experience Shunter Drivers can earn in the region of £20,000 to £28,000
  • More experienced Shunter Drivers may earn in excess of £30,000 with overtime or shift work allowances enhancing basic earnings

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. 

In a full-time position, Shunter Drivers usually work between 37 and 42 hours per week. Shift work can be necessary and overtime may often be available.


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Qualifications & Training

Although no formal entry qualifications are required to become a Shunter Driver, it is generally recommended to achieve four GCSEs, including maths and English, at grade C or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.

While there is no legal requirement for drivers of LGVs driven on company premises to hold a full LGV driving license, experience of driving heavy vehicles would be an advantage. Approved shunter training should be completed before operating heavy vehicles on-site.

Shunter Drivers must hold a full car driving license. Basic training would take place on-site and is provided by the employer in order to meet their duty of care under health and safety legislation.

Although on-site Shunter Drivers do not require a full LGV license, those who are fully qualified LGV Drivers would have the necessary skills to perform the role and with specific shunter training would gain the relevant knowledge regarding their responsibilities.

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