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Dublin Bus on hunt for more women drivers – and starting salary is pretty good

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DUBLIN Bus is on the hunt for more female drivers – and is offering a competitive starting salary.

The public transport company is using its ‘More Mná’ recruitment drive to double the number of women employed as drivers.

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Dublin Bus is aiming to recruit more females

Salaries for the role begin at €839.76 a week, rising to €972.31 a week.

This is on a six-year pay scale and represents a five-day week inclusive of shift and Sunday premiums.

Dublin Bus also offers a pension scheme, training and mentoring and paid maternity leave.

This is along with other benefits including access to a gym, GP scheme, employee assistance scheme, and an education support scheme for going back to third level study.

And the upcoming Open Days on March 2, March 23, April 13 and May 18 – all Saturdays – will provide the perfect opportunity for women to give it a go.

On the day, attendees will meet with current female drivers and inspectors who will share their experiences of working with Dublin Bus and will also get the opportunity to drive a training bus with a Dublin Bus professional driving instructor.

They will also get a tour of Dublin Bus’ Central Control Centre and be taken through the recruitment process.

Drivers get “world-class” training at a dedicated centre in Phibsboro during a six-week programme.

They get a Certificate of Professional Competency and skills training from a team of experienced trainers, many of whom still work as bus drivers.

The first three and a half weeks is spent with driving instructors on D licence instruction and recruits take their Road Safety Authority driving test.

Training programme

They then spend two weeks completing classroom based training on modules such as ticketing and on bus technology, customer service, advanced driving standards, wellbeing, and policies and procedures.

Their last few days in the training centre include a Driving Skills Assessment course and night driving. 

Dublin Bus began its female recruitment drive back in 2019 – and new research reveals how the majority of women now view Dublin Bus driver roles as less gender-specific than they may have been in the past.

However, when posed the question of if Dublin Bus is still seen as a “man’s job”, almost 48 per cent of the women surveyed said yes.

Some 13 per cent replied “yes, absolutely” and 38 per cent said no.

Non-negotiable

Across the board, woman also agreed that a competitive salary was the biggest career non-negotiable.

This was followed closely by 27 per cent who said it was flexibility and 13 per cent who said it was benefits, such as a pension or health insurance.

The study of 1,012 female adults was carried out by Bounce Insights between January 19 and 22 2023.

Speaking on the More Mná recruitment drive, Dublin Bus Talent Development and Diversity Manager, Vivienne Kavanagh said: “We are so proud to have achieved our previous goal of doubling the number of female drivers at Dublin Bus since our female-recruitment drive in 2019, but we want to double it again!

‘Big family’

“Having seen from the survey that a quarter of women have been deterred from applying for a job because it has historically been seen as a ‘man’s job’, we want to continue to be part of the change and give women the confidence to go for any job they want to.

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“I would urge any woman who is interested to join us at one of our upcoming Open Days to find out more about bus driver career opportunities and competitive packages, and just give it a try – we’re a big family, but we still want more mná!”.

For further information and to register to attend an Open Day visit dublinbus.ie.

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