25 Feb '12, 10pm

Long hours, pay issues lead to high bus driver turnover

Long hours, pay issues lead to high bus driver turnover

Bus drivers earn $1,600 to $1,900 a month inclusive of overtime and allowances. They get a bonus of two to three months. With the low take-up rate by Singaporeans, four in 10 of all bus drivers now are foreigners. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN By Goh Chin Lian Shift work, long hours, traffic jams - who wants to be a bus driver? Bus drivers pointed out that younger Singaporeans who take on jobs with SBS Transit or SMRT usually quit after one to two years. They cite reasons like having to wake up by 4am for the day shift and reaching home at 2am on the night shift. There is also the job stress of jostling with other vehicles and handling passengers. 'You can't be hot-tempered in this job,' said a bus driver with more than 15 years' experience. But while working conditions are often cited as reasons for the difficulty in attracting and retaining Singaporeans, the unionists, MP...

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