Lorry driver only has to work six months a year thanks to eye-watering salary
A lorry driver has explained how she only needs to work six months of the year before taking the rest off due to her staggering salary. Ashlea, who is from Perth, Australia, is a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker in the mining industry. FIFO is a method of employing people in remote areas by flying them temporarily to the worksite instead of relocating them.
Ashlea started off in her remote mine as a complete rookie with no experience, but explained on TikTok that she now gets paid £110,000 (GBP62,213) for only six months of work, reports The Irish Mirror. “After about three months, my rate went to £43.50 (GBP24.60) an hour,” she explained.
Ashlea only needs to work six months in the year (tiktok.com/@the_salty_pinup)She revealed her eye-watering salary in a TikTok video (tiktok.com/@the_salty_pinup)
“For my first year as a greenie (a truck driver who is still learning), I would have taken about £94,000 (GBP53,164) [home] annually.” “My new rate is about £51.50 (GBP29.13) an hour, so that’s pretty good,” she said.
And that’s not all, because her company rewards loyalty with monthly bonuses. “And the contracting company I’m with pays you a bonus each month if you stay with them – that’s about £2,000 (GBP1,131). “Annually, at my £51.50 rate, that would be about £112,000 (GBP63,347) per annum,” she said.
“My bonuses could be around £10,000 (GBP5,656). So around £122,000 (GBP63,336) for my first year.”
Ashlea also outlined the benefits of working on a FIFO basis (tiktok.com/@the_salty_pinup)Her truck driver salary means she can take large amounts of time off (tiktok.com/@the_salty_pinup)
Ashlea said she typically does 14 days of work and then gets a 14-day long break. “I think it is pretty good for working only six months of the year as a truckie.”
Last year an Aussie traffic control worker took to social media to complain about her job, despite it earning her about £156,000 (GBP88,218) per year. TikTok user Chloe Taouk claimed to rake in nearly £500 (GBP282) for a lengthy 12-hour shift.
In the UK, a lorry driver of 15 years explained how he was given a pay rise of GBP7 an hour “almost overnight” at the height of when there was a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers. Tom Reddy explained on Twitter how he’d been given a 40% increase as “there are no drivers” and said how some firms are offering salaries of up to GBP50,000 a year.
Mr Reddy, aged 36 and from Stratford-upon-Avon, didn’t say how much he was previously on, or what he is currently earning as a result of the increase.
Speaking to the BBC, he said increasing pay was “unsustainable” and costs would have to be passed on to customers.
He has since left his job as a lorry driver.
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