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Bus Drivers (UK).


Job role: Bus Drivers.

Country: United Kingdom.

Salary: £12.42 per hour.

Shift & Schedule:

  • Overtime.
  • Weekend availability.
  • Day shift.


  • £12.42 per hour starter rate which includes your bus driver training period.
  • £12.81 per hour after 6 months.
  • Progression to £14.20 per hour with our top rate.
  • An additional £1.25 per hour for all hours worked on Sundays and after 21:00 Mondays to Saturdays.
  • Enjoy 28 days holiday per year, rising to 34 days per year (after 4 years’ service).
  • Paid meal breaks!
  • Free travel for you and two other people on all NCT buses and the tram.
  • Excellent pension scheme with 6% employer contributions (after approx. 3 months).
  • Great health care package that includes dental and optical care with a range of other benefits (after 6 months).
  • Life assurance worth £10,000 (after 6 months).
  • Driver of the Year scheme, with a top prize of £1,500.

About the Job.

Our buses run seven days a week, from early morning until late at night and some buses run through the night too.

Drivers work shifts 5 days per week (which will include some weekend work) with variable start and finish times. Most shifts are between 7 and 9 hours per day, with a guaranteed working of 39 hours. An optional 6th day of overtime is also available each week.

We also have specialist shifts where drivers only work in the evening or on late-night buses.

Buses operate from two garages (Parliament Street in the City Centre and Trent Bridge) and most of the time, drivers are based at one garage, operating on regular routes. It is expected, however, for drivers to work from any garage if required.

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To be a bus driver, you need a PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) licence and a full CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence).

If you haven’t got a PCV license and CPC, our award-winning Training Team will support you in obtaining them and becoming a bus driver.

There are two parts to the training program – Firstly you will work towards gaining your PCV license by completing several DVSA modules, including a PCV theory test, hazard perception test, two CPC modules, and the practical driving test; this part usually takes up to 4 weeks to complete. Once you have your PCV license, the training program continues with route learning, vehicle familiarisation, use of the ticket machine, guidance on support for people with disabilities as well as making sure you have all the skills and knowledge a new bus driver needs.


  • You must have a full manual UK driving license with at least 12 months of driving experience (and you should not be disqualified from driving at the time of applying).
  • Your license should have no more than 3 penalty points on it.
  • You must be legally entitled to work in the UK.
  • Basic skills in reading, writing, and maths are important too.
  • All drivers have to undertake a medical assessment as part of the assessment process.





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