Sydney Traffic Controller shares weekly income in viral TikTok

A Sydney traffic controller has detailed how much she earns for just under 40 hours of work – calling it a ‘sign’ to take up the profession.

A female traffic controller has revealed the staggering amount she earns for a week’s work, describing it as a ‘sign’ that others need to practice the profession.

Tahera Raedd, 19, works as a traffic controller in Sydney, directing cars through road closures affected by construction work.

The teenager recently revealed exactly how much she usually earns for a week’s work in a now-viral TikTok video.

“Your sign to be a traffic controller,” she captioned the video, shared on April 21.

For a 12-hour shift that Monday, she earned $520, Tahera said.

A 10-hour shift the next day brought him $495, while a long 13-hour shift the next day brought him $600.

A four-hour shift on Thursday earned him $300 while a 20-minute shift on Friday earned him $100.

In total, she got $2,015 for her nearly 40-hour work week.

While she said in the video’s hashtags that her job is “hard work,” Tahera seems keen to encourage others to take up the lucrative work.

“Okay, but how do you get into traffic control?” one person asked.

“I just applied for traffic controller must be a good sign,” said another.

Another passionate person wrote, “I’m going to stop studying and work for this instead.”

Since it was posted last month, his video has been viewed more than 359,000 times – but some have pointed out it is unclear whether his salary was before or after tax.

However, not all lollipop women are thrilled with the job, with Melbourne woman Maria Kefalas recently saying the job is very “incoherent”.

The 21-year-old, who also earns around $2,000 for a week’s work, said the idea that you are going to be “rich” gives “false hopes”.

“What people don’t tell you is that you can work all week from Monday to Friday and make that much money. [$3000] but then you could… have a whole month out of work,” she said in November.

She also said she was told that if she wanted more work, she should get a train ticket so she could also work along the train tracks.

Ms Kefalas said the additional qualification cost $1,000 to obtain and there was no guarantee there would even be shifts waiting for her.

She also said another downside of the job was that she had to work in the rain, pointing out that your shifts could also be interrupted and you would lose income.

While filming the video, she was huddled in her car on her lunch break as she stormed outside.

His first piece of advice was to research the role before applying.

And if you do end up getting a job as a traffic controller, make sure you’re with a union, she explained.

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