On average, bus drivers are the oldest workers of any key industry, and they are also among the most loyal employees, Stats NZ said today.
The average age of bus service workers was 54 years in the year ended March 2018. This is the highest age of any key industry group, the annual release of linked employer-employee data (LEED) shows. The bus service industry covers both urban and rural bus services and, while it includes workers such as office staff, most workers in this industry are bus drivers.
Nationally, the number of people in the bus service industry rose from 8,980 in 2008 to 10,400 in 2018. The 2018 Census shows there are 8,874 bus drivers nationwide.
“The average age of bus service workers is eight years older than the age for the next highest industry and 24 years older than millennials working in hospitality,” LEED manager Alan Bentley said.