Train or tram driver
- May check travel passes, collect fares and deal with passenger queries.
- May make passenger announcements and controls automatic doors.
- Maintains radio contact with control centre.
- Makes scheduled stops for the loading and unloading of freight and coupling/uncoupling of carriages and tubs.
- Stops as directed to allow passengers to embark/ disembark.
- Watches for track hazards, observes signals and temperature, pressure and other gauges.
- Starts train or tram when directed and operates controls to regulate speed.
- Checks safety equipment, regulates the heating of passenger compartments and records engine defects or unusual incidents on the journey.
- Checks controls, gauges, brakes and lights before start of journey and studies route, timetable and track information.
Typical Education Level
Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 22% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for train or tram driver is £51,773
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 429. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for train or tram driver roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £51,773 per year. That is about £4,314 per month or £26.55 per hour. New workers generally start on £31,498, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £98,049
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 429 people are employed in the region.