Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs

(NOC 7513)

in All Trades and Transportation

Taxi and limousine drivers drive cars and limousines to carry passengers. Chauffeurs drive cars and limousines to carry personnel and businesses, government or other organizations visitors, or members of private households. All drivers are required to keep records and report delays and mechanical problems. Taxi and limousine drivers work for taxi and other transportation service companies, or they may be self-employed. Chauffeurs work for businesses, government and other organizations, or private individuals or families.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 70 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 40% of Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $12,226. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$15.38

Median

$28.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$541

Minimum

$10,374

Median

$31,386

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Taxi and limousine drivers drive cars and limousines to carry passengers. Chauffeurs drive cars and limousines to carry personnel and businesses, government or other organizations visitors, or members of private households. All drivers are required to keep records and report delays and mechanical problems. Taxi and limousine drivers work for taxi and other transportation service companies, or they may be self-employed. Chauffeurs work for businesses, government and other organizations, or private individuals or families.

Job duties

Taxi and limousine drivers:

  • Pick up passengers and drive them to destinations in taxicabs or limousines.
  • Help passengers with luggage and with boarding and exiting vehicles and help passengers with special needs.
  • Collect flat-rate or taximeter fares.
  • Maintain travel logs and record cash and credit transactions.
  • Maintain contact with taxi dispatch unit.
  • Clean and make minor repairs to vehicle or take vehicle for servicing.
  • May provide pick-up and delivery services on request.

Chauffeurs:

  • Pick up or meet employer according to request, appointment, or schedule.
  • Drive employer to destinations in car or limousine.
  • Carry out business and personal errands for employer like delivering and picking up mail, business documents and parcels.
  • Clean and make minor repairs to vehicle or take vehicle for servicing.

Sample job titles

  • airport limousine driver
  • chauffeur
  • funeral driver
  • limousine driver
  • taxi driver

Skills

You should enjoy driving and be able to function under minimal supervision. You must be alert, responsible, and self-motivated. An awareness of safety is important. You must also get along well with people, as drivers often deal directly with customers. For some jobs, you should be willing to drive long distances and for extended periods of time.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education is usually required.
  • A minimum of one year of safe driving experience is usually required.
  • A Class 4 driver's licence is required in Nova Scotia.
  • Taxi and limousine drivers require good knowledge of the geographical area to be covered and may have to pass written street/building location and safety examinations.
  • Taxi drivers usually require a municipal permit.
  • First aid certification may be required.

Other considerations

Movement from taxi or limousine driver to chauffeur is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,580

employed in 2016

66.0%

employed full-time

38.1%

self employed

7.6%
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92.4%
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57.3

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

71.4%

Halifax

8.9%

Cape Breton

8.6%

Annapolis Valley

6.3%

North Shore

4.8%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

79.1%

Transportation and warehousing

9.0%

Retail trade

3.2%

Real estate and rental and leasing

1.8%

Other services (except public administration)

1.4%

Health care and social assistance

What is the age of Employment?

32.0%

55-64

23.0%

65+

23.0%

45-54

13.0%

35-44

6.0%

25-34

3.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

32.7%

High school

$11,076 median annual income
23.5%

Less than high school

$10,402 median annual income
16.8%

College certificate or diploma

$10,040 median annual income
11.1%

Trades certificate

$12,190 median annual income
9.8%

Bachelor's degree

$7,042 median annual income

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trades certificate

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College certificate or diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor's degree

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Service Nova Scotia
PO Box 2734
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5
Tel: (800) 670-4357
Fax: (902) 424-0720

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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