You can get yourself a job that pays £69,000 a year and you don’t need a degree – although there is a significant perk.
The annual salary of nearly £70,000 is much higher than the average Londoner of £41,866 in 2022, according to the report. Statistical staff.
So being a train driver in the capital is the financial reward and the job opportunity advertised on the Transport for London (TfL) website.
However, there is a big difficulty that in most cases you have to live within 30 minutes by transport from the warehouse and prove that you can get there at any time of the day or night. .
In the beginning, you can hardly get a job on a mainline passenger train, unless you already have experience.
In most cases, the usual initial route is to become a shunt operator.
These train drivers move trains around stations to gain experience and help board passenger trains.
To be able to drive passenger trains, you will also have to undergo intensive training.
Your qualifications are regularly tested and your driver’s license is periodically reviewed.
Salary depends on both the type of train you are riding and your level of experience.
In London, the average train driver salary is £58,795, according to the recruitment agency Reed.
Salaries start around £30,000 but experienced staff can claim salaries that often exceed £69,000.
Anyone interested in driving a bus or tram must have a valid UK driver’s license.
Bus vacancies can be found on TfL’s website, while trams are outsourced and opportunities appear on FirstGroup’s website.
Trams operate out of Croydon’s Therapia Lane Depot, and anyone wanting to act as a driver must be able to reach the depot at all times.
A new driver can expect to receive a salary of £19,000 but experienced drivers can earn more than £40,000 a year.
For bus drivers, wages depend on the number of hours worked.
The median salary is £17.31, according to Indeed.
So, assuming drivers work eight-hour shifts, five days a week, the annual salary works out to £36,004.
Being a driver on the London Underground is not so easy, even if you don’t need a degree.
Jobs are rarely advertised to the public and roles have always been reserved for TfL colleagues due to an agreement established in 2008 between TfL and the unions.
If you are determined to become a Tube driver, you will have to start working for TfL in another position, usually in a customer contact role and complete a probationary period.
Then you can join the internal talent pool or apply for the role of a Tube driver.
Then there are a number of hurdles to overcome in the selection process.
These include vision tests, fitness standards, some aptitude tests that assess written and oral communication, followed by face-to-face interviews.
If you pass those, there’s a three to six month training session, and if you don’t pass the assessment, you have to go back to your original role.
In 2022, an FOI request revealed a metro operator’s annual salary of £58,021, with a list of 3,208 employees.