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Bus Driver Perspective at London Sovereign -Edgware

Like all bus operators London Sovereign too are short in bus driver position. The main reason for this is the hourly rate for new drivers which is around £11.79 July 2019. Basically if a driver does only the contract hours that week 38, they will earn around £340-360, which is too low considering the difficulty and responsibilites of this role. Drivers working on this rate are pushed by allocation to do overtime, some end up doing 50-60 hours a week, which also puts passengers at risk and you get accidents on the road. If the drivers want they are allowed by the operator to work up to 16 days in a row and after they must have one day off. Only after two years service in the company the hourly rate will increase by £0.80-0.85. After completing three years in service a driver goes into the top rate. Like all operators there is collective pay rise every year usually 2-3 %. 70-80% off the drivers do not manage to get into the top rate as many leave, go to different operators or get sacked. There are duties on all routes that pay less than 7 hours and 36 mins, example a driver can came to work and do a duty that pays only 5 hours or 6hours and 22min...but unfortunatly if the duty is less than 7.26 London Sovereign does not pay minimum duty 7.36 like all other operators that pay minimum 7.36 even if the duty is shorter. When it comes to annual holiday the company is flexible, drivers can request dates. Most of the colleagues ( drivers) are friendly and helpful people.
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2.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.2 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.8 out of 5 stars for Management
2.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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