The Bee Network is hoping to hire more than 100 bus drivers in Oldham and they could earn over £30,000 a year - before overtime.

Following the second phase of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham's 'London-style transport system', which saw yellow buses introduced to the borough, Stagecoach is looking to recruit for its Oldham depot.

Roles range from positions with no experience required to fully qualified bus drivers, while those looking for a change in career will receive full training.

Rob Jones, managing director at Stagecoach Manchester, said: “Expanding our offering in Oldham means we’ll be investing more in the economy and supporting our local community, as well as strengthening our workforce.

“Whether you're looking for a career change or you’re a fully qualified, experienced bus driver, there’s a role for everyone here in Oldham.

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"We’re looking for personable and dedicated drivers who are ready to help us build on the success of the Bee Network and connect the people of Oldham and Greater Manchester with the places and people that are important to them.”

Trainees will be paid to train and after only 12 months at Stagecoach, drivers can expect to earn up to £16 per hour – equating to a salary of £31,600, with opportunity to earn more with an overtime scheme.

Applicants that already hold a PCV license may also be eligible to receive a £1,200 joining bonus.

Those wanting to apply should visit the Stagecoach website.

A pension scheme, 28 days paid holiday and free Stagecoach bus travel for successful applicants and a companion, are just some benefits available.

Phil Cornwall, a bus driver at Stagecoach Manchester, added: “I’ve been a driver at Stagecoach for 25 years and I couldn’t recommend it more. From the perks to the people to the passengers, it really is a great place to work.”

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