Driving test key exam for job seekers29 Oct 2018

Licence remains crucial employment qualification

Almost one in five (19%) job adverts say that applicants must be able to drive.

Analysis by the RAC Foundation of a snapshot of the government’s Find a Job database found that of the 182,062 vacancies on offer on the 14 September 2018, 34,067 (19%) stated that having a car or licence was a requirement.

The professions that required applicants to have the ability to drive were as diverse as: carer, professional driver, cleaner, chef, sales consultant, security guard, business development manager, gymnastics coach and electrician.

The RAC Foundation also analysed the vacancies listed on the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s apprenticeship database.

This showed that one in twelve (8%) apprenticeships needed the applicant to have a car or licence.

The findings are in line to a similar study carried out by the Foundation back in 2015.

(The 2015 study was based on data from the Universal Jobmatch database which was superseded by the Find a Job database in May 2018.)

According to the National Travel Survey the percentage of adults (17+) in England who hold a full driving licence is 74%, the highest level ever.

For those aged 17-20 the proportion is 30%. This percentage has remained reasonably stable for the past four or five years though it is down from the mid-30s seen at the start of the decade and a peak of 48% recorded in the early 1990s.

The National Travel Survey reveals the main reason (26%) for not learning to drive amongst those aged 17-20 is the cost of doing so, though 17% say it is because they are not interested in doing so, a percentage that has been on the rise.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“While the proportion of young people who can drive has declined over time, it has been stable for a number of years. This could be the result of a general recognition that the key to many opportunities is independent mobility.

“Among the young who do not drive the main factor for not doing so is the cost of learning which remains ahead of a lack of interest in doing so.”
The research follows on from earlier work by the RAC Foundation which showed that 15.3 million (58%) of workers in England and Wales drive themselves to the ‘office’, while a further 1.4 million (5%) get a lift.



Philip Gomm – Head of External Communications – RAC Foundation
020 7747 3445 | 07711 776448 | [email protected]

Notes to editors:

The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation that explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users. The Foundation publishes independent and authoritative research with which it promotes informed debate and advocates policy in the interest of the responsible motorist.

The RAC Foundation is a registered charity, number 1002705.

All the RAC Foundation’s work is available on its website: www.racfoundation.org

This is the link to the report:

It should be noted that the Universal Jobmatch and the Find a Job databases are not quite directly comparable. Universal Jobmatch was designed as an open platform for employers and other agencies to post vacancies. The Find a job database only works with select and vetted employers and agencies, and so has a significantly smaller – though still substantial – number of listings than the old Universal Jobmatch database.