Driving your career forward

If you’ve spent any time job-hunting, you’ve probably seen a few adverts that ask about a driver’s licence. Some state in the candidate requirements than a full, clean driver’s licence is needed. But for jobs that don’t directly relate to driving, why is this needed? We take a look at this employers’ preference in more detail, along with driving lessons South Shield provider, Pass ‘N’ Go.

Why do employers want to know if I can drive?

Obviously, if the job requires the use of a vehicle, the employer will ask about your driving ability. In fact, research carried out in 2016 by the RAC found that almost one in six vacant jobs in the UK required the applicant to own a driving licence. What employers may not realise however, is that asking if candidates own a driving licence can be discriminatory if it is not a requirement of the job as it could deter some people from applying. If an individual is disabled for example, and not able to drive, they might decide not to apply for the role and this is decreasing the pool of talent.

The RAC carried out research that showed many roles asked for a candidate to have a driving licence, even though the job was not geared towards driving. These included a zoo worker, hairdresser and gymnastics coach. So, why are employers only hiring those that own a licence? Often, it’s down to attendance concerns. Public transport comes with delays — perhaps from taking multiple buses, facing potential disruptions from strikes and walking from the station. These things can all lead to added time onto your commute that you wouldn’t face if you drove into work. Also, if public transport is not an option, it’s likely that employers will recruit someone with a licence. This might be for a job that involves night shift work for example, when buses and trains do not run regularly and the only option would be to arrive by car.

If the progression of the job would lead to a worker needing to drive, then the job may also ask for a driver’s licence as a requirement. An example of this could be in a sales role, whereby the new recruit starts their role in the office but eventually will be driving to carry out door-to-door sales. Another reason may be if you are applying for a job that requires flexibility such as a supply role where the employee must get to the place of work as quickly as possible and again, public transport would be a hindrance.

Will learning to drive increase my chance of getting a job?

To some employers, not having a driving licence is a deal-breaker. For a delivery job for example, it’s understandable that a candidate who can drive would be favoured over one that doesn’t.

Your current location can impact the requirement too. If you live in a remote or rural area, being able to drive and owning a car can widen your horizons in terms of job prospects. Similarly, if you live in a built-up area but would like to apply for jobs further afield, having a driving licence will make the commute easier, and more feasible.

People might choose not to drive for many reasons, such as cost and disabilities. Certainly, there are plenty of jobs that don’t require a driving licence. When looking at jobs that are out of walking distance, you could invest in a bike or consult time schedules of transport to see if you could get to a place of work on time before applying. If a potential employee is concerned about your inability to drive, prove to them that you have done your research and your attendance will not be affected. You could also begin lessons after securing the job if this will make your commute easier.




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