More Tea - There is a big differance between the companies you have mentioned, Fatsway, Dpd, etc are multi drop companies under daily pressure, You need to put yourself in their shoes just for a minute and realize the basics around delivering 100 parcels per day, If a courier had to phone every person he deliveries to each day he would loose money very quickly, and every courier company in the Country would have to increase their rates to cover the costs of phone calls etc,
Getting started at present is very risky as all the major companies out there are all dropping their rates and some have dropped so low it is forcing couriers to sell at a rate just for the hope for long term income and hopefully survive the situation we are in at the moment.
Couriers in Dublin can earn from €600 to €2500 per week depending on who they are working for or self employed, how hard they work and most importantly how good they are , some people are are good but some people just dont have it, eg: You start tomorrow for DHL and you are offered €2 per delivery , You are offered 100 deliveries per day but you can only deliver 50, so your not making any money, at the start you are willing to work for peanuts but if you dont get the hang of it you are better off giving up, The little things are the important thing s like driving , parking , general knowledge of area , fitness, Common sense for technology.
Courier costs per week are about €300/400 for a Dublin based courier, Diesel €120, Insurance ( Arachas ) €40 , Phone Bill €40, Wear and tear on Van €40 , Van repayments €150, Lunch , etc etc etc.
My advice is to start for a good company but dont invest at the beginning in a high cost van etc and see if you can earn enough money each week to put food on the table.
Cheers - Dublin courier for 12 years.