A chauffeur may take on many roles and therefore needs to be immaculate, discrete, multi-skilled and highly organised. Good geographical knowledge is essential, particularly so in Central London where this skill is in high demand.
Positions will either be for a private client, or within a corporate environment. Chauffeurs are required to be safe, dependable drivers, and flexibility and a willingness to work long hours are essential. A full understanding of chauffeur etiquette is also necessary.
There are many chauffeur jobs and vacancies available with Eden Private Staff and the right candidate is just around the corner!
What duties will a Private or Corporate Chauffeur undertake within a role?
Primarily a chauffeur will drive and maintain cars, organise MOTs, valeting and services. Working flexibly they will coordinate with the house principals to ensure they plan the best route and anticipate any needs for pickups, drop offs, or airport runs. They must ensure daily appointments are managed effectively.
A corporate chauffeur may be required to assist with basic office duties and act as the company’s courier delivering important documents and files. Chauffeurs may also be required to book appointments, travel, restaurants, entertainment, collect shopping, run errands and other flexible duties as directed.
Driving children to and from school, carrying out minor household repairs, maintenance, gardening and pet care duties may also fall under the job of a private household chauffeur, or a hybrid private/corporate chauffeur.
Chauffeurs may be engaged to take care of the personal security of their employer and their family. Professional chauffeurs are also expected to have extensive experience of caring for prestige and luxury vehicles or vintage cars.
What are the advantages of having a Private or Corporate Chauffeur?
A private or corporate chauffeur can offer a high degree of flexibility in the duties they undertake and become a valued employee, travelling with their employer as required within the UK or abroad.
Often combining Security, Houseman or PA duties they can be a good option for employers requiring commitment, reliability and continuity from an employee that can work closely with them to meet their personal and professional needs. Practiced chauffeurs are diligent, discreet and offer complete confidentiality. A chauffeur can save time and money by carrying out basic daily household needs. Professional chauffeurs are smartly attired, immaculately presented and take pride in their role and the cars they drive. They may have advanced driving, chauffeur training, defensive driving, skid control and anti-hijack certificates.
What will a Private or Corporate Chauffeur cost?
Chauffeurs’ wages vary considerably, depending on the hours they work and the flexibility required. Generally they will work 5 or 6 days a week, or around 40-50 hours.
Some chauffeurs live in accommodation provided by the employer, but the majority will be employed on a “live out” daily basis. In many instances the chauffeur will keep a car with them to ensure they are reliable with early pick-ups and late evening drop-offs.
Some chauffeurs accept a fixed wage including an estimated amount of overtime. Others receive a basic wage for a standard working week and are paid overtime (usually 50 per cent greater than their standard hourly rate) for the extra hours they work. As a general guide a live out chauffeur in London may earn between £35-£60,000 per year, depending on hours and experience. If under PAYE they will be entitled to paid annual leave (generally arranged around the employer’s schedule) and SSP.
How can I Hire a Private or Corporate Chauffeur?
Here at Eden Private Staff we have decades of experience as a private or corporate chauffeur agency. We have sourced some of the most capable private drivers in London and internationally.
If you wish to find out more information about employing a chauffeur or are interested in our chauffeur recruitment agency services please call us on 020 7471 6000.
Duties of a corporate Chauffeur
Here are some of the specialist duties of a Corporate Chauffeur
- Specialist geographical knowledge of local roads/routes, Home Counties etc without the use of Sat Nav
- Knowledge of major airports, top restaurants, theatres, hotels etc.
- Well presented at all times, discreet, polite and professional with exceptional time keeping
- Valeting of vehicles ensuring they are well maintained
- Opening doors for the clients and guests
- Planning journey routes in advance
- Ad hoc duties within the clients’ office
- Assisting with luggage
As a corporate Chauffeur working within the corporate sector, some chauffeurs spend their time on other duties when not driving, such as basic office work, acting as the company’s courier and carrying out minor maintenance tasks. Increasingly, chauffeurs are required to offer their employers and their property a level of personal protection.
Profile of a Corporate Chauffeur;
Anthony is an exceptional corporate chauffeur, Bentley and Rolls Royce trained. He has unrivalled topographical road knowledge in London and surrounding areas and offers a top class level of service to his employers. Impeccable presentation, discretion, professionalism and a welcoming and warm nature are the qualities that Anthony offers along with 24 years’ experience in this field. Anthony has been described by past employers as ’simply the best chauffeur that I have ever employed’.
For further information on recruiting your Corporate Chauffeur please speak to Mark Whitworth or Alex Sansbury on 020 7471 6000 Alternatively you can speak to any one within our team. If your are a corporate chauffeur with a minimum of 5 years experience please please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
Duties and skills of a specialist private chauffeur include:
- Detailed knowledge of local roads without the use of Sat Nav.
- Flexibility in taking on duties outside driving such as general maintenance around the employer’s home, light gardening and shopping.
- School collections and drop offs for children
- Immaculate presentation at all times, discreet, polite and professional with exceptional time keeping
- Valeting of prestige vehicles
- Opening doors for the clients and guests
- Assisting with luggage
Our typical Private Chauffeur:
Dino is a trustworthy, discreet, hard-working and highly competent private chauffeur with more than 10 years’ experience. Within his roles Dino has incorporated other duties which are too many to mention but have included; handyman duties, care-taking and security of employers properties when they are travelling, managing building maintenance and all high tech alarm systems, heating, audio and visual equipment, running errands, etc . He is proactive and conscientious and is able to work autonomously as well as part of a team. Dino is a proficient driver with fantastic working knowledge of London and is happy to carry out all maintenance for luxury cars and organise the paperwork for vehicles as required.
Please call our team if you would like more information on 020 7471 6000
Statement: Gurkha military background with advanced driver training (including Rolls Royce) with over 20 years experience for private employers
Date Posted04 Mar 2021
Location: Surrey/Hampshire/ Berkshire/ London
Reference: LS - 1135248
Statement: Flexible and dedicated All-rounder available for live-in/ live-out roles
Date Posted17 Feb 2021
Statement: He is an exceptionally discreet, well-presented and English and Nepali speaking chauffeur with over 15 years’ experience working as a professional chauffeur
Date Posted22 Jan 2021
Statement: The ideal member of staff who can assist throughout the home from chauffeuring to handyman duties.
Date Posted19 Jan 2021
Private and Company Chauffeur
Location: Surrey or London
Statement: He prides himself on his longevity in previous roles, his ability to be flexible and available to his employer and having an exemplary driving record.
Date Posted07 Jan 2021