Taxi and limousine drivers:
People in these occupations:
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 2,740
Taxi and limousine drivers may work evenings, weekends and holidays when demand for their services is highest. Chauffeurs' hours are usually dictated by the client and may require being on-call much of the time. Taxi drivers work either day or night shifts for 12 hours at a time. The National Safety Code prohibits taxi drivers from working more than 60 hours per week. Taxi drivers generally have more flexible work schedules than both chauffeurs and limousine drivers.
Limousine drivers and chauffeurs are usually required to wear a dress suit, tuxedo or a company-provided uniform.
Workers in this occupation routinely lift heavy baggage and sit for extended periods of time, which can be uncomfortable and create a risk for back or neck injury. Taxi and limousine drivers may also have to deal with difficult passengers from time to time.
The workplace is potentially hazardous since taxi drivers work alone, hold large amounts of cash and may transport passengers to remote areas. Taxi drivers also do not carry any form of protection and individuals who work at night face increased safety risks. However, in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, cameras have been placed in taxi vehicles as part of a pilot project to decrease safety risks to taxi drivers. This program is expected to extend to other urban regions in the near future.
Source: 2016 Census
Some secondary school education is usually required to work in these occupations. Other training and requirements may include:
Many municipalities, especially those with high-volume traffic, have also made it mandatory for taxi and limousine drivers to complete a four-day TaxiHost Level 1 course before being given a permit. A Level 2 or TaxiPro course may also be required.
Drivers should have a good driving record and a good knowledge of the city they work in.
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Job openings will come from new job creation and the need to replace retiring workers.
Demand for transportation services in growing urban areas may cause shortages of workers in these occupations.
Taxi industry sources report that the supply of workers in this industry is closely associated with the economic climate. When the economy is booming, employers have difficulty finding enough qualified drivers to meet the company needs. However, when the economy is in a recession, there are more individuals willing to work in this industry. This is perhaps due to the minimal qualifications required to work.
Taxi drivers who work for companies usually start by working night shifts before moving into more flexible or full-time work. Many limousine drivers have previous experience as taxi drivers.
With experience, taxi and limousine drivers can move into managerial or other related jobs such as dispatchers, driving instructors or inspectors. Moving from taxi or limousine driver to chauffeur is also a possibility. Drivers may also move into the hospitality industry.