Pay structure is over complicated
HGV Class 1 Driver (Former Employee) – Chester, Cheshire – 4 October 2019
If you don't mind a bit of hard graft and getting your hands dirty the job itself is quite enjoyable, it's varied and no two days the same.
The trucks are in a terrible state and are off the road more than on due to age (mostly over 8 years old) so don't expect shiny new units like you'd get in most otherwise companies of this size because it's not going to happen.
The PAY ....... right then the pay structure is so difficult to work out its just impossible. First things first your not going to earn £30,000 plus here for quite some time so take no notice of the job ad. Realistic is £1600 - £1900 take home per month for at least the first six months. Obviously that depends on your work ethic and whether you're prepared to work long days until you get used to the job. But even then your earnings are dependent on how many cars you are given to deliver/collect and what zone they are in by the office and there's no real system in place to evenly distribute the work. If you're face fits and all that jazz. This seems to be a real issue for a lot of the lads and is probably the reason most leave, there's a high turnover here and most new starters don't get much past a couple of months. It is hard work for the amount of money you earn. So to explain a little the value per car depends on how far you go for them or what zone they are in so you could collect more cars than others and find your pay lighter due to them having been to higher value zones. Which effectively means you work harder for less. There is also frustration surrounding the missed collections as you may drive well out of the way for a car and the person may not be home in which case you don't get paid for it and this could happen a couple of times a day and over a month it's a lot of money to lose.
I'll finish on a positive note, the guys are a good bunch to be fair and tend to help each other out on the yard and share tips and tricks of the trade with each other. About the only good point. Good luck if you choose Copart.