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Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs

What they do?

Taxi and limousine drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Perform business and personal errands for employer such as delivering and picking up mail, business documents and parcels

B. Clean and make minor repairs to vehicle or take vehicle for servicing.

C. Pick up passengers and drive them to destinations in taxicabs or limousines

D. Assist passengers with luggage and in boarding vehicles

E. Collect flat-rate or taximeter fares

F. Record transactions

G. Maintain contact with taxi dispatch unit.

Where they find work?

1. Transportation and warehousing - 32.0%
2. Public administration - 2.0%
3. Retail trade - 1.0%
4. Other services (except public administration) - 1.0%
5. Health care and social assistance - 1.0%

What education do I need?

1. Some secondary school education is usually required.

2. A minimum of one year of safe driving experience is usually required.

3. A Class G driver's licence is required in Ontario, and a Class 4 driver's licence elsewhere.

4. Taxi and limousine drivers require good knowledge of the geographical area to be covered.

5. Taxi drivers usually require a municipal permit.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Mechanics

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs is $12.35/HR, which is below average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs wages

Expected Wage by Age

Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs Wage By Age

Unemployment:

2% of Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs are unemployed. This rate is below the average for intermediate occupations.

Unemployment

Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($12.35) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (2%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers. This will not be significant enough to have an impact on the work prospects.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (16%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Mechanics

2. Safe driving record

3. Customer service

Part Time Workers

Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


14% of Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 42,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 32% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The older-than-average worker (43) will likely be offset by a later retirement age (64) resulting in an average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 60% of Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


8% of the individuals employed as Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.