Dublin Bus recruitment drive

Ireland’s largest public transport provider, Dublin Bus, is seeking to recruit drivers, engineering operatives, heavy vehicle mechanics and dedicated workers for other roles in its fully unionised workforce.

In total, the company is looking to recruit 450 drivers and 50 mechanics and engineering operatives, as well as additional clerical positions, in what will be the organisation’s biggest recruitment drive since 1989, to enable the projected growth and development of the organisation.

SIPTU Dublin Bus Traffic Committee President, Stephen Millane, said: “There is no other job quite like it as drivers are immersed in city life on a daily basis. The newly recruited drivers and mechanics, who will be paid while in training, will join their colleagues in connecting people and communities with new routes, buses and technologies to meet transport needs into the future for Dublin.”

He added: “Dublin Bus is also a proud member of the Supporting Quality campaign and all new employees are encouraged to join a union. The company has a long history of collective bargaining agreements in which worker representatives seek to ensure that the best possible conditions and rates of pay are enshrined.”

Aside from a competitive average salary of up to €42,000 annually, the packages include a mentoring programme to help career progression, paid maternity and paternity for all employees including same sex couples, gym access, subsidised GP medical scheme and employee assistance scheme with free counselling sessions, access to an education support scheme for those going to third level study, free bus travel and much more.

A former stay at home mother for 16 years, recent recruit and SIPTU member, Angela O’Callaghan, decided to return to the workforce in 2019 but wanted to do something “empowering, engaging and challenging”. She said: “Dublin Bus delivered on all three! Sometimes I pinch myself when I see the bus and think ‘Wow I can drive that!’ Anyone who enjoys driving and meeting people will love it.”

In 2021, Dublin Bus topped the list of companies in ‘Ireland’s 150 Best Employers Guide’. The company has long been recognised as having one of the most inclusive and diverse workplaces. It currently employs almost 3,700 people, including over 2,700 bus drivers and 500 engineering employees, representing 73 different countries. By 2027, Dublin Bus expects to introduce an additional 330 buses to respond to the anticipated rise in demand for services and to support the delivery of Bus Connects, one of the biggest investments in public transport in the history of the state.

Carrying 142 million customers annually (pre-pandemic), the recruitment drive will allow the company to fulfil its commitment to delivering increased frequency and capacity to meet the demand for sustainable public transport. Dublin Bus is a key enabler in helping Ireland to meet its sustainability targets; not just in terms of moving people out of cars onto public transport but also in terms of its own ambitious carbon reduction targets announced in 2021 in its Sustainability Report.

For more information and to apply for a position in Dublin Bus visit www.dublinbus.ie

This first appeared in SIPTU Liberty September 2022.