Become a Stagecoach bus driver in Sunderland

Stagecoach is recruiting a number of trainee and qualified bus drivers in Sunderland, and is offering an impressive package to tempt fresh talent.

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Sunday, 17th October 2021, 10:41 am
Excellent rates of pay and free local travel – could this be your next move?

New drivers will be offered £22,000 a year, rising to £25,000 after two years, with the option of overtime, flexible shifts and free travel for you and a family member or friend. All training for the role is provided, and there’s an excellent pension package.

Stagecoach drivers are the lifeblood of the local community, and meet amazing people every day – it’s the perfect job for someone who doesn’t want to be stuck behind a desk with a boss looking over their shoulder, and who wants to be a friendly face to many.

Malcolm Bell, Operations Manager at Stagecoach in Sunderland, said: “We’re on the lookout for qualified and trainee bus drivers in Sunderland. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out on your career journey, we have exciting positions available for you and improved rates of pay this October.”

Stagecoach on the lookout for new bus drivers in Sunderland.

What’s on offer?

From October 17, 2021, Stagecoach is introducing new and improved pay rates, of £10.42 per hour – that’s £22,000* per year, rising to £12.03 per hour after two years, which is £25,000* per year.

You’ll be the face of the business – playing an incredibly important role each and every day safely and comfortably transporting customers to work, to the high street, to our cities, towns and villages, to healthcare and community services, to days away and nights out.

Malcolm added: “You’ll know some of them by name, and some of them will know you on first-name terms too.

“We’re relying on you to give them a fantastic journey to remember with your focus on all things customer. You’ll need to operate the bus safely of course, but we’ll teach you all of that for free in our in-house training school.”

Aside from the reward of delivering an incredible experience to Stagecoach customers, they are offering lots more:

Overtime opportunities – you’re guaranteed a minimum of 37 hours, but there’s plenty of overtime too.

Job security – the firm has been going since 1980, with turnover £1.3bn per year.

Paid for training – if you’re a trainee driver, and no matter at what stage you are in your career, you’ll join our industry trail-blazing bus driver apprentice scheme, where we’ll teach you how to drive a bus. Not only will you become a qualified bus driver, you’ll also gain a recognised national qualification in Passenger Transport.

A great regular income – paid weekly straight into your bank account every Friday.

Flexibility – different shifts are available so you can fit work around your existing commitments.

Free travel – for staff and a person of their choice on all local bus and Metro services.

A brilliant working environment – you’re not stuck at a desk, your boss isn’t standing over you. You’re out and about, trusted to look after the customers and enjoy yourself at the same time.


It couldn’t be more straightforward: you simply need to hold a driving licence with no more than six penalty points on it, and be able to offer a great experience to Stagecoach customers.

Ready to find out more? Visit to apply today.

*based on an average of 40 hours per week, after initial training period ends.