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More bus drivers Chinese

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 10, 2008

Bus operators are turning to China for drivers as more Singaporeans here shun the job, complaining of irregular hours and low pay. This is the first time SBS Transit and SMRT are looking beyond Singapore and Malaysia in their effort to hire more drivers.

SMRT’s first batch of 34 drivers from China – it has hired about 100 to boost its pool of 1,700, 80 per cent of whom are Singaporeans – arrived in January.

Meanwhile, SBS is bringing in 20 drivers to start work soon on two-year contracts.

SBS Transit spokesman Tammy Tan said that if its first batch of bus captains from China performs well, it might hire more of them and also consider drivers from other countries.

It currently has 5,200 drivers, 75 per cent of whom are Singaporeans or permanent residents. Malaysians make up the rest.

Both companies said they are turning to China as they find it increasingly difficult to hire Singaporeans.

It is a problem that has surfaced in the past. (story)


One Response to “More bus drivers Chinese”

  1. Bob Goh said

    Dear Sir,
    I am a Malaysian citizen and is looking for a bus driver job in Singapore.
    I can be reached at 016-3041626.

    Bob Goh

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