London bus drivers to receive up to US$2,087 bonus for retention

A new energy bus runs on a road in Beijing, March 3, 2018. (Photo from CFP)
A new energy bus runs on a road in Beijing, March 3, 2018. (Photo from CFP)

Around 20,000 London bus drivers would receive a retention payment of up to 1,600 pounds (2,087 U.S. dollars) as part of plans to halt rising vacancy rates, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced.

The plan aims to “ensure the capital’s transport network continues to be served by a skilled and highly dedicated workforce,” said the mayor, as offical figures show London bus drivers are most likely to quit job in their first two years in the profession.

Some of London’s largest operators even reported a 30 percent average staff turnover within this timeframe, said the mayor in a press release.

According to Khan’s plan, whose father was a bus driver, bus drivers will receive a payment of 1,000 pounds (1,305 dollars) after completing two years of service and will be eligible for a further 600 pounds (783 dollars) after their third year.

Drivers who have already completed three years’ service when the plan comes into effect in April will be entitled to 1,600 pounds (2,087 dollars) in a single payment, said the mayor.

The move is in addition to new London bus drivers being paid a minimum wage of 25,530 pounds (33,309 dollars) from April. Bus companies claim that Brexit and the weak pound are making it more difficult to recruit drivers from abroad. Enitem

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