Bit of a bad joke: £23,000 starting salary for bus drivers


The average annual wage for HGV drivers is already above £25,000, tendency rising, given the shortage of drivers. Sadiq Khan’s announcement today will most likely have the same effect as the minimum wage: stabilising the wages on a low level. When facing disgruntled workers, bosses and agencies can refer to the ‘official minimum’, which workers are less likely to put into question…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced the capital’s 25,000 bus drivers will receive a new minimum starting salary of £23,000 a year.
The starting salary will apply to all Transport for London (TfL) contracts awarded to bus companies from next April. Bus drivers’ wages will rise with inflation afterwards.
Drivers will also now be able to move between bus companies without having to take a pay cut. City Hall said £23,000 represented the current average starting salary of a bus driver.
For years the amount a bus driver could be paid depended on the bus company they worked for and the route of the bus they drove.
But not every bus driver paid less than £23,000 will see an immediate improvement in their wages. The changes will come into effect when contracts are awarded and only about 20% of London’s bus route deals are due for renewal in 2017.
Eleven bus companies are currently active in the capital.


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