Bus Driver Pay

MQT on 2009-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2009
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please list the current rates of pay per hour for drivers on each bus route in London. Please give the Operators' name for each route.


Answer for Bus Driver Pay

Answer for Bus Driver Pay

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL continuously assesses whether drivers' rates of pay are competitive in the labour market. Bus companies generally have different pay scales dependant on length of service. A high proportion of drivers are allocated to garage rotas that involve working on more than one route.

While there is not a wide variation in the value of packages for staff across the companies in the same areas, how this is made up, and how pay is structured will vary substantially. Agreements will vary, to some degree, in every area, including starter rates and progression scales, holidays, pensions, unsocial hours and overtime rates and sick pay provisions.

TfL therefore assesses the average earnings of drivers, together with their overall employment conditions. As a guide, established drivers, usually those with over one year's service would be paid typically in the range of £500 per week.

TfL officers would be pleased to meet with you to discuss this in more detail, if required.