Amidst a shortage of talent in Singapore’s transport industry, bus operator Go-Ahead has raised its minimum monthly wage for bus captains effective July 1st.

For all of its Singaporean and permanent resident staff, starting salary is now S$1,950 per month, applicable to both existing bus captains and newcomers.

Go-Ahead Singapore, a new bus operator, has hired 655 bus captains, ahead of its target to recruit and train 700 bus captains by the third quarter of this year.

Channel News Asia reported that National Transport Workers’ Union's executive secretary, Melvin Yong, has welcomed the move , and was "pleased" to note that Go-Ahead Singapore has recruited many local bus captains in the recent months, with many staying at Pasir Ris, Punggol and Sengkang.

"They are building a strong Singaporean core in their workforce through their targeted recruitment approach. The union will continue to work closely with Land Transport Authority (LTA) and our public bus operators to attract more locals to join us in the public bus industry," he said.

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Nigel Wood, managing director, Go-Ahead Singapore said, “Go-Ahead Singapore is committed to offering all its staff a competitive employment package. Today’s announcement is a tangible example of how much we value our people."

"We want to enable our bus captains to grow both professionally and personally, and the updated salary will further complement the existing benefits that are already available to our bus captains."

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