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Containerlift Services Ltd is a long-established business with strong values. We are currently recruiting for HGV drivers to join our growing Containerlift team.

Job Type: Full-time HGV Driver, standard container work leading to full time Side Lifter Operator

Salary: £34,000-£50,000

Location: Southampton

Containerlift Services Ltd are a long-established business with strong values, we are currently recruiting for drivers in Southampton with a base of operations within Southampton docks.  We have a variety of roles on offer, depending on experience.


The work is Monday to Friday. We are looking for reliable drivers who are flexible, prepared to work hard and are good communicators. Initially the role is Container work on our OOCL (suitable for drivers with minimal experience, 6 months preferable).


Contracts for drivers with experience and a good ability to learn, progression to our core business can be achieved quickly. Initial induction training is carried out at our Southampton depot and takes 2/3 days depending on experience with container collection procedures in the UK.

The work is collecting Containers from various docks and container bases for delivery to customer sites in the UK. Then wait and load/unload on the customer bay and entails nights out in cab. Saturday work is available at an additional premium rate and there is an expectation to work some weekends.


If progression to our Core Side lifter business is achieved, you can expect to be rewarded with a salary £50+k per year.

Employment on our Side lifter fleet is much harder work; hence the rewards are higher.  You will be required to deal directly with our small team of planners/dispatchers and directly with our customers. The work consists of collecting containers from various container bases and Ports for delivery to our customer base.

This is a tramping role, and drivers will be expected to overnight in the units for the week.  We have brand new 2024 plate units which have the latest equipment and technology.  There is also a requirement to work some Saturday’s, however this is very well rewarded.

A normal week will start on a Monday morning, returning to base on a Friday or Saturday. After full training you will be lifting ISO containers off the side of the trailer at different customer premises throughout UK – for the right candidate it is a very exciting role. Full training is given on the Side lifting trailers and this takes 4/5 days at our Southampton base.

After full training on our side lifter trailers a normal Monday to Friday week will see you take home with 4 nights out £734, if Saturday work is carried out the take home money for the week is £940 this is after tax and NI.

Why You’ll Love Containerlift

When you join Containerlift, you become part of a team who are passionate about the industry and take pride in their work.  Containerlift is not just a job, but a company where you can learn, develop, and build your career!

We are always looking for people who are reliable, flexible, professional, resourceful, and prepared to work hard.  As an ambassador for Containerlift, you’ll play a vital role, representing Containerlift face to face with our customers, as well as on the highways and byways of the UK, Europe and beyond.  Our current drivers have had the enjoyment of working on projects such as Glastonbury, Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK Space Rocket Tour, and the Paris 2024 Olympics – to name but a few.

We recognise that our people are at the heart of our business, without them we wouldn’t be able to deliver our service to our customers each day. It’s important to us that we demonstrate our recognition of you in providing you with more than just a salary and job stability.


  • New HGV drivers joining the business receive a retention bonus after the qualifying period, adding a potential of up to 4% to the annual salary. Annual service bonus for all roles, from 1%-4% depending on years of service:
    • 1 year = 1%
      2 year = 2%
      3 year = 3%
      4 year = 4% and then 4% thereafter
  • Nightly and daily allowances, as well as a variety of shift patterns, as well as work local to your home location.
  • Top of the range new equipment including a new fleet of truck units on the road, with microwave and fridge on board.
  • Free company uniform.
  • Full holiday pay.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Employment referral: we pay you £500 after he/she has successful completed 3 months of employment followed by an additional £250 after 6 successful months.
  • Paid ongoing driver CPC training.
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required.
  • Discounted holidays.
  • Discounted cinema tickets.
  • Private health & dental care after qualifying period.
  • Additional payments for ADR £10 standard jobs and Class 7 £50 per job.
  • Additional £50 commendation bonus should you receive a good report from our customers regarding your professionalism and ability on the job.
  • Cost reimbursement for HGV medicals.


  • Experienced HGV class 1, C+E Drivers.
  • Containerlift also offer annually in house training for Driver CPC Mandatory Qualification to ensure that all their driver maintain their license after September 2024.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Health and safety conscious.
  • Experience with hydraulic equipment is an advantage.

As a continually growing and evolving organisation, Containerlift prides itself on recognising and developing talent.  Joining Containerlift could be the opportunity you are looking for to suit your lifestyle and progress your career.

If you identify with our aims and values and can help us deliver our customers’ promises, then this is the job for you! Apply today:


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