A glamorous Australian lollipop lady has revealed she will pursue a career in nursing, despite making $5,400 for just four days of work as a traffic controller.
Melbourne based lollipop lady Unity Adams, who is also an online bikini model, says that while traffic control pays big money, she is also ‘hit on 24/7,’ in the role.
She also exposed other harsh realities of the job, which included getting cat-called every 20 minutes, having angry men repeatedly yell at her to get off the road and being forced to listen to tradies constantly talk about other women.
She was quick to add the video wasn’t largely directed at any of her colleagues and followed her interactions with the general public.
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Ms Adams has confirmed to her social media followers she is quitting work as a lollypop lady to pursue a career in nursing
In a TikTok video earlier this year, the glamorous online bikini model pointed out the aspects of the job she finds challenging – including getting ‘cat called’ every 20 minutes by members of the public
A number of traffic controllers have taken to TikTok in recent months, sometimes boasting about their pay – which can be up to $5,000 a week in some cases – and other times complaining about boring work exposed to hot and cold weather.
‘For everyone hyping traffic control as a good job, why are you lying?’ said Paris Taylor, who described the role as the ‘worst job ever’.
When another woman asked about the pay, Ms Taylor said: ‘Only pays well if you are doing long hours.’
Last month another Melbourne woman Maria Kefalas, 21, vented on social media that traffic control is often seen as ‘easy money’.
‘I’ve been seeing a lot of TikTok (videos) in regards to traffic control, and they are all positive,’ she ranted in her post.
Breakdown of Unity Adams’ jaw-dropping weekly salary from night shifts as a lollipop lady:
Friday – $1500 (14 hours)
Saturday – $1300 (12 hours)
Sunday – $1300 (12 hours)
Monday – $1300 (12 hours)
Total – $5400
‘They tell you how much money they make and how many hours they work.
‘They are giving people false hope about traffic control… it has got to be the most inconsistent job I have ever done in my life.’
‘Some weeks yes, I had five days of work – but then I was off for two weeks,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘On other occasions I had phone calls at 11pm asking me to be on a job site at 6am the following day or to drive two hours out of Melbourne on short notice for a 12 hour shift.
‘It isn’t a stable income by any means.’
Another Aussie female traffic controller, Paris Taylor (pictured above), also told her TikTok video followers it can be a brutal and sexist line of work
Are traffic controllers well paid?
It’s complicated, but usually not as well as you’d think.
The award rate nationally for a traffic controller is $29.79 per hour – but it can be as much as $120 an hour.
The pay rate is better for traffic controllers on union jobs, but that work is harder to find and in short supply.
Traffic controllers with the CFMEU union in Victoria can earn up to $55.08 per hour.
The rate climbs to $99.15 per hour if working overtime.
On public holidays, they make up to $121.18 per hour.
Full-time traffic controller roles in Victoria are typically advertised to earn between $50,000 and $70,000 a year.
According Seek.com.au, the median annual salary in NSW for a traffic controller is $76,249.
Across Australia, the most common salary advertised for traffic controllers is between $40,000 and $60,000.