Torbay

Welcome to Driver Hire Torbay. We are part of a nationwide network of over 100 offices providing recruitment and training services to the transport and logistics industry.

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Every year Driver Hire finds work for thousands of candidates in temporary and permanent jobs, driving all classes of vehicle and in a wide range of other roles in the transport and logistics sector.

Possible roles in logistics include:

  • Driving – Cat. C+E, Cat. C, PSV, 7.5 tonne, Vans, Cars, Fork Lift
  • Specialist skills – ADR, HIAB, Multi-drop, IPAF
  • Non-driving logistics staff – Mates, Warehouse Operatives, Pickers/Packers etc
  • Public Sector – Waste Disposal, Parks, Recreation, Other Operatives etc
  • Professional / Managers – Logistics Co-ordinators, Transport Managers etc

Depending on the needs of our customers, we also often offer an even wider range of roles in other sectors, from administration to catering.

We want to hear from you

Remember, with new opportunities coming in every day, we are always on the lookout for high quality candidates, so don’t worry if you can’t find what you are looking for here.

Give us a call on 01364 644149 or call in to the office for a chat. We’re selective about who joins our team, but if you have what it takes, our dedicated and professional team will put all their efforts into finding your ideal job.

Apply online

When you create a MyDriverHire account on our website, you’ll have all the information you need about opportunities with Driver Hire at your fingertips. Apply for a job in just one click, track the jobs you’ve already applied for, and sign up for alerts, so that you’ll be first in line when your ideal job comes in.

Why work for Driver Hire?

We value the people who work for us as true professionals. We offer an attractive package, including competitive pay rates and holiday pay. You may also be offered training opportunities, uniforms and a range of other staff benefits.

We believe it’s important to offer each candidate a personal service, taking a real interest in what you want from your next career move. Listening is one way we make sure of that – in fact 97% of candidates said they were proud to work for Driver Hire in our most recent survey (December 2020).

Looking for a permanent job?

Many people who come to Driver Hire are ultimately looking for help in finding a permanent job. If that’s you, we’ll be delighted to help.

Trust Driver Hire

Whatever type of work you’re looking for, be it forklift truck driving or courier work, then Driver Hire is a name you can trust. We’ll help keep you up to date with all the legislative changes, so you know you’re safe and staying within the limits of the law.

Our thorough and personal interview process will help you find the driving or logistics job that is suited to your skills and lifestyle. And because Driver Hire is the UK’s leading specialist logistics recruiter, we work with some of the biggest names in the business. For you, that means access to exciting opportunities with high quality employers.

Why come to Driver Hire?

Driver Hire is the UK’s largest specialist provider of transport and logistics staff. We have over 35 years’ experience in this industry and a nationwide network of over 100 offices.

Every day we help to place all kinds of drivers and a wide range of other logistics staff, such as drivers’ mates and warehouse operatives, into temporary and permanent roles with thousands of organisations nationwide.

Much more than driving

As well as supplying high quality drivers and operatives, Driver Hire offers a range of wider recruitment and training services. These include full and part time opportunities in both blue-collar and white-collar roles, Driver CPC training and online licence checking.

Finding the staff you need

We provide a full range of driving and non-driving skills to meet your needs in every situation

  • Driving – Cat. C+E, Cat. C, PSV, 7.5 tonne, Vans, Cars, Fork Lift
  • Specialist skills – ADR, HIAB, Multi-drop, IPAF
  • Non-driving logistics staff – Mates, Warehouse Operatives, Pickers/Packers etc
  • Public Sector – Waste Disposal, Parks, Recreation, Other Operatives etc
  • Professional / Managers – Logistics Co-ordinators, Transport Managers etc

Quality assured supply

Delivering the best possible service to both customers and candidates is at the heart of what we do. We conduct regular satisfaction surveys to monitor this. The most recent surveys show that 97% of our candidates are proud to work for Driver Hire, whilst 95% of customers rated our service as Good or Excellent.

We recognise that we operate in an industry where even a small mistake could have serious consequences, so we are relentless in our commitment to providing fully qualified and referenced staff, and to full compliance with all relevant legislation.

All our work meets ISO9001 standards and we are members of many well-respected trade bodies, including the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association. Driver Hire is a franchise business, find out more here.

Training

Driver Hire is a leading provider of Driver CPC training – we have delivered over 130,000 driver training days throughout the UK. Visit our training website to find out more. We are running courses throughout the year at our premises in Torbay at our customer’s sites.

National Accounts

Since we are part of a genuinely nationwide network, we are able to offer a range of specialist services to customers who operate on a multi-site, regional or national basis. Simply ask us for more details.

In Summary

As a Driver Hire customer you benefit from:

  • Genuine 24 hour, 365-day service – answered by one of our Ops Staff – NO CALL CENTRES!
  • A nationwide network combining consistency of service with local attention to detail
  • Access to high quality drivers and logistics staff that are competent, assessed and fully referenced
  • Peace of mind – recruitment problems will not affect the efficiency of your organisation
  • Cost effective recruitment services for all your drivers and logistics staff

To discuss any requirements, call us today on 01364 644149 or email torbay@driverhire.co.uk

With 30 years’ experience in the business, Driver Hire now provides thousands of organisations nationwide with the staff they need. Whether you need someone for just one shift or to join your team on a permanent basis, we can help. At Driver Hire Torbay we endeavour to understand your business as effectively as possible. This enables us to offer you innovative solutions to your workforce needs, with a proper “Savile Row”  package, tailored to your individual needs. We have vast personal experience at the office of working as drivers and managers in the Class 1, Class 2 and multi-drop van arena so you will be talking to people who have genuinely experienced the difficulties that you face every day.

We have a team of  around 200 skilled drivers available at any one time who are on many and varied assignments. These range from driving Class 1 Artics to Belgium or Holland, UK Night Trunking, Local Tipper and Cat C HIAB work, Class 2 Cage work, Refrigerated/Frozen Deliveries, bread delivery (nights), Multi-Drop Parcels, Minibus, or even picking up Porsches, Range Rovers and Jaguars and delivering them! How can we help YOU? Call us on 01364 644149 or email torbay@driverhire.co.uk to find out more and organise for us to come a see you.

Contacting us 

Our phone number is 01364 644149 or email torbay@driverhire.co.uk

Our premises are open Monday to Friday 0830 – 1700, however the telephone is anwered 24/7/365 (or 366 in a leap year!) by an Operations Manager from our office – NO CALL CENTRES for us!

If you are a business looking for temporary staff or drivers, we offer a genuine 24/7 service, all year round. Although our office is not open on Bank Holidays or weekends, no matter what time of the day or night you contact us, you will be able to speak directly to a member of the Driver Hire Torbay Operations team.

Proud to franchise

Driver Hire Torbay is part of a franchise organisation. We passionately believe that this gives our customers and candidates the very best of both worlds. The office has been in business for over 20 years and will bring a great deal of experience to bear on providing a solution to your needs.

You benefit from using a locally owned and managed business – it is in our interest to succeed by giving you the best service and attention to your needs that we can.

At the same time, you also benefit from the extensive experience, consistent quality standards and the support of the UK’s largest specialist transport and logistics network.

Commitment to quality

We are very proud of the high quality standards that we offer. Driver Hire has won a string of awards over the years, including awards for training and customer service. In terms of the service you receive, you may be interested to know that a Driver Hire driver has been named ‘Agency Driver of the Year’ by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation four times in the last seven years.

We recognise that we operate in an industry where even a small mistake could have serious consequences, so we are relentless in our commitment to providing fully qualified and referenced staff, and to full compliance with all relevant legislation.

All our work meets ISO 9001 standards and we are members of many well-respected trade bodies, including the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association.

When you deal with Driver Hire – as a candidate or as an employer – you can be confident that you are dealing with the very best.

We currently have people working in Category B, C & C+E & D1 driving jobs all over Torbay, Buckfastleigh, Cott, Dawlish, Dartmouth, Dorchester, Exmouth, Kingsbridge, Launceston, Lyme Regis, Lynton, Lynmouth, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Seaton, Sidmouth, Tavistock, Teignmouth, Totnes, Weymouth and many more local towns.

Call us on 01364 644149 or email torbay@driverhire.co.uk if you would like to talk to us about extra temporary or permanent staff.

Driver CPC Training

Driver Hire is one of the UK’s leading providers of Driver CPC Training. We offer 20 different JAUPT approved course subjects with interactive and engaging content and have course satisfaction ratings of 94%*

Whether you are a driver who needs to keep up to date with your 35 hours of Driver CPC Training or a company with drivers who need to undertake this, we can help you with your requirements.

To find out more give us a call on 01364 644149. We run full week courses regularly at our Torbay offices and at many client’s premises.

*Surveys conducted after completion of training

 

Customers' 10-Point Guarantee

10 Point Customer Guarantee…

This is our unique commitment to clients wishing us to supply drivers to them.

Drivers

  1. We will thoroughly interview every driver in person, applying to join the agency.
  2. We will undertake a 150 point competency test to assess road craft skills, road sign knowledge, Road Transport Regulations and EU Drivers Hours rules for all tachograph drivers.
  3. We will obtain at least two work related references and check driving licences to verify their suitability. We always cross check with the DVLA.
  4. Recruit drivers with the right attitude.
  5. Brief drivers fully and explain what is expected of them on a particular assignment.

Our Service To You

  1. Provide a professional service, dedicated to fulfilling your needs and maintaining the Driver Hire Group’s reputation as the number one supplier within the industry.
  2. Ring you back within fifteen minutes confirm your requirements. We know that this is important to you.
  3. Provide a 24 hour, 7 days a week service to you, manned by our own office staff.
  4. Provide clearly understandable invoicing, supported by time sheets if required, and tachographs.
  5. We will endeavour to return all of your tachograph charts (analogue) within the legal time frame. In the event of us being unable to recover a particular chart we will issue you a disclaimer (current tachograph return rate is 96%).

Drivers' 10-Point Guarantee

Drivers’ 10 Point Guarantee…

This is our unique commitment to the drivers wishing to work with us.

  1. We undertake to treat you fairly and with respect at all times.
  2. We will pay you by BACS straight into your bank account on the Friday, the week following the one that you worked. (To enable us to do this you will need to have returned your signed time sheet to us by 9.00 am on the Monday morning of the following week that you worked.)
  3. We will pay you holiday pay, based upon the number of shifts worked. You will start to accrue your holiday fund starting from the first day that you work with us.
  4. We will properly brief you each time that you are assigned with as much information as we can obtain from the client.
  5. We will always back you if you refuse to drive a customer’s un-roadworthy or illegal vehicle, or are asked to break the tachograph laws. We are drivers too and know the law.
  6. We will not expect you to do work that is beyond your capabilities, or that you are not fully confident in undertaking.
  7. If you arrive for work on time and the client turns you away, or you work a short day and it is not your fault, we guarantee to pay you a minimum of 4 hours at day rate. However, you must get a signature from the client to show that you turned up, and you must ensure that the office knows before you leave the client’s premises. We would expect you to be available for the rest of the shift for alternative work.
  8. If you get into difficulties on a job you can always talk to a member of the office staff by ringing the office number, whatever the time of day or night.
  9. In the event of an accident or vehicle damage we will still pay you if you report it to us immediately and complete the shift.
  10. If you decide to leave us, we will pay you for any hours worked, and any outstanding holiday pay saved up in your personal holiday fund. You will go with our best wishes together with a written reference and our hope that if you want to register with a driving agency again, you would want to come back to Driver Hire – Plymouth, Cornwall & South Devon

Meet the team.

Tom Williams – Franchisse

Tom is somewhat unique within the Driver Hire network as he is the youngest franchisee ever! His career began just 6 years ago when he joined one of the top performing offices within the group at the tender age of 16 as an apprentice back in 2015. 

Now residing in the Torbay area, he can also speak fluent French having lived there for several years with his family and also has a passion for football. Tom states that if he wasn’t so busy working then he would be enjoying time at Old Trafford watching, as he puts it, “the greatest team in the world!”.

He’s especially happy around Christmas. “It’s my favourite time of the year. You simply can’t beat it” as he puts it.

When asked about his office, he says “we’re people business, and so we believe in offering a personal service. If you’re looking for work, we want to know about you and what you’re looking for in your next role”.

Clients get a similar high standard. “Every organisation has particular needs and we want to understand yours” he continues “and when you deal with Driver Hire Torbay, we’ll be looking after you”.

Email: tom.williams@driverhire.co.uk

Alex Martin – Recruitment Consultant

Before joining Driver Hire, Alex was working for a sub-contractor in Amazon and ran a team of 40 Drivers. After this he drove for DPD until the opportunity to work with Driver Hire came up.

“I’d heard of Driver Hire through Tom, who I knew personally, and when he’d started his own franchise, the opportunity was there so I decided to go for it” he says. “I liked that it was something new and with the knowledge of logistics that I’d gained from my previous roles in multi-drop delivery, it seemed like the perfect fit.

When  Alex isn’t working, likes to spend his spare time doing something car related, whether this be at car shows/meets or in a garage with friends with his hands under the hood.

Email: alex.martin@driverhire.co.uk

Ben Holtam – Sales & Marketing Support

Ben joined the Driver Hire Group back in January 2017 following an eight-month stint driving for us during a career break. His logistics experience comes from retail “multi-drop” sales in wholesale food and various other seasonal supply chains. Having successfully run his own business for many years, as well as working with a number of large national companies, Ben has a good understanding of how to find the right solution for a customer, with a warm, friendly approach and great empathy.

Outside work, he is a family man with a great interest in music. “Back in the day” Ben used to scratch up hip hop music on his turntables. He still DJ’s from time to time and regularly posts his funky, soulful & disco house mixes online under the name DJ BenG.

Email: ben.holtam@driverhire.co.uk

Contact us:

  • Office 14
  • Teignbridge Business Centre
  • Cavalier Road, Heathfield
  • Newton Abbot
  • TQ12 6TZ
  • Telephone: 01364 644149

Our team

We’re a people business, and so we believe in offering a personal service. If you’re looking for work, we want to know about you and what you’re looking for in your next role.

Looking for staff? Every organisation has particular needs – we want to understand yours.

When you deal with Driver Hire Torbay, we’ll be looking after you:

Tom – Director

 

 

office team

Resources

Information to help you work in a safe and compliant way.

As part of our commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards in our industry, Driver Hire provides a wide range of information to both candidates and customers. We achieve this in many ways, including our Driver CPC training programmes and eLearning, through the Code of Conduct books that are given to all candidates, and through information posters that are provided free of charge as part of our regular Newslink mailings. You can also download our free white papers from this page. We hope that you will find the following resources useful.

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Frequently asked questions

What do I need to do to register with you?

You can set up job alerts by creating an account here. Alternatively if you prefer, you can give us a call or just pop in. Quality is at the heart of all we do so we take our candidate registration process very seriously. Before we can offer you work you will need to attend a face-to-face interview.

When you come in to see us, you will need to bring certain key information with you. You must provide your National Insurance number, bank details and another form of ID such as a passport or birth certificate. Where relevant you will need to provide proof of your right to work in the UK. For driving work we need to see your original driver’s licence (both parts if a photo card) and proof of any licence upgrades you hold.

We always take up references on every candidate so please also provide phone numbers of two work related referees.

What type of work can you offer me?

We can offer you a wide range of different jobs. As well as lots of driving work, across all licence categories, we are always recruiting for many non-driving roles. Whether you are looking for part time work, a contract role or a long term career, we can help. Check out our online jobs board, phone or call in to find out more.

How old do I have to be to work as a Driver Hire driver?

We welcome candidates of all ages. Please be aware that insurance requirements for certain roles mean that an age limit may apply to that particular role.

Are all your drivers fully compliant with relevant legislation?

Nothing is more important to Driver Hire than safety and full regulatory compliance. All Driver Hire drivers have to take a 150-point competency test before they are allowed to work for us and we provide ongoing updates on new rules and regulations as they are introduced. We also have bespoke IT systems in place to monitor the work our staff do for us.

You can be confident that any member of staff you take on from Driver Hire has been fully briefed on any relevant legislation.

Can you help me out at short notice?

Absolutely. Some people say it’s what we do best. As the UK’s leading specialist supplier of transport and logistics staff, we have an extensive database of high quality candidates ready to step in and help you out.

You can call us any time of the day or night, 365 days a year and speak to a real person on the other end of the line. We know the pressures you are likely to operate under, so will take down the details of the person you need and if we can’t tell you instantly who we have available, we will get back to you within 15 minutes with a definite answer either way.

Can you help with non-driving roles?

Yes. Driver Hire is about much more than driving. We can help you find the ideal candidate for just about any role connected with the transport and logistics industry. That includes drivers of course, but also warehouse staff, operations and back office roles, plant operatives, managerial staff and much more. Check out ‘Looking for Staff’ for more information.

Do you just provide temps?

No. Our experience in the industry and our extensive candidate database means we are ideally placed to help you find long-term contract staff and of course, permanent employees. Our permanent recruitment service operates on a no success no fee basis and is backed up by generous guarantees.