Redbridge women earn more then men as driving instructors

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 August 2017

Carina with her car. Picture: Carina Reynolds

Carina with her car. Picture: Carina Reynolds


The BBC gender pay gap row may have dominated the news but in Redbridge women are making more money then men – if they are a driving instructor that is.

According to data complied by RED Driving School, female teachers earn 5.5 percent more than their male counterparts.

In an average week this equates to women earning £754.53 for 29 hours of graft –This is £35 more than males during the same period.

Carina Reynolds ,35, has been working in the trade for seven years and was inspired to become a teacher after taking her own test.

She said that every day is different and each learner has their own way of doing things.

“Lots of people ask for a female driver as they feel more comfortable with one,” she told the Recorder.

“In Redbridge I also get a lot of Muslim girls wanting to learn with me.

“Their life is in my hands and I want the best for them so I am quite strict.”

Carina works 50 hours a week and said she misses her pupils after they pass their test.

“It is bittersweet, it is great that they have passed but you build up a relationship with them in the car,” she said.

“It is like watching your child take their first steps at walking.”

While she enjoys her job there are a few things that prospective driving instructors should consider about the profession.

“On paper you earn loads of money but you have to pay out for car maintenance fuel and franchise costs,” she added.

“You also have to work a lot of weekends and evenings as that is when learners are free, so it can impact on your social life.”

In the research called The Straight Road to Success, Red Driving School say there are many advantages to becoming a driving instructor.

“While thousands of workers across the UK bemoan long working hours, holiday clashes and difficult managers, driving instructors are relishing the freedom and earning opportunities that come with being self employed,” the company said.


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