Job opportunities for taxi drivers/chauffeurs come up regularly
Opportunities regularly become available due to:
- many taxi drivers taking up the role towards the end of their working lives, so retirement rates are high
- some people staying in the role for a short time only
- the easy process of becoming a private hire or ride-share driver through services like Uber
- the cost and licensing process of becoming a taxi driver putting off casual job seekers.
According to the Census, 8,721 taxi drivers/chauffeurs worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Drivers have different employment options
There are different options for drivers:
- owner-operators – self-employed taxi drivers who own their own vehicle
- contract drivers – self-employed contract drivers who drive someone else’s car and pay a set weekly amount to the owner
- private hire drivers – drivers who use their own vehicle and set their own hours, and may connect with customers using an application such as Uber
- chauffeur drivers – chauffeurs are mostly employed by limousine rental companies, but may also work for tourism operators, large companies, the Government or the military.