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Go-Ahead Ireland recruiting 425 staff

Joined: 4:34 PM - Oct 12, 2016

11:56 AM - Jun 07, 2018 #1

A brief release from RTÉ >> https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2018/0 ... d-ireland/

A not so brief release from GAD >> https://www.go-aheaddublin.ie/go-ahead- ... -opens-du/


In the latter, one can read, "In a fresh development, Go-Ahead Ireland will cover the cost of bus driver training and acquiring the necessary D licence which equates to €4,000 per driver."
Recently, photos have surfaced of GT83 going around without DB identity and carrying L-plates, possibly as part of this action.

Another interesting thing is that Go-Ahead started its branding off as "Go-Ahead Dublin", and apparently is registered as Go-Ahead Transport Services (Dublin) Ltd., yet these two releases mention Go-Ahead Ireland. Error or update?
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Joined: 12:01 AM - Nov 24, 2017

1:01 PM - Jun 07, 2018 #2

They are offering Bad money,No wonder they only have 70 drivers>
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Joined: 4:36 PM - Sep 19, 2011

12:53 AM - Jun 11, 2018 #3

It’s actually 15 drivers they have recruited to date. The MD was interviewed in the Sunday Business Post today. He was saying they have been finding recruitment more difficult since BE started their recruitment drive but are still confident of meeting their deadlines. Think 30-40% of applicants are qualified drivers.

Only read through the job descriptions there on the website. Assume the starting pay of up the 32k is to do with experience and it will be less for he newbies. Making the prediction now that when the workers are unionised the first industrial dispute will revolve around drivers looking for pay parity with Dublin Bus. Gap is too big and this will come back to bite them in time.

The Defined contributory pension scheme is also less beneficial than the CIE Defined benefit scheme so another potential flashpoint there.

Fair Play to them in investing €8.5m of their own funding here. Hope they can make a return on the contract to make it back.
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Joined: 8:00 PM - Feb 10, 2010

9:58 PM - Jun 23, 2018 #4

They're actually not recruiting for drivers any more, so much for them not being able to find enough drivers! Apparently they've had over 1000 applications, that's an awful lot when you consider the current economic climate and the better pay on offer elsewhere (as previously noted), although they still pay a lot more than some private companies plus there is a pension (nobody in the private sector gets a defined benefits pension these days anyway).

https://www.go-aheaddublin.ie/bus-drivers/

They're still looking to recruit all other positions should anyone be interested.
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Joined: 4:36 PM - Sep 19, 2011

12:31 AM - Jun 24, 2018 #5

I suspect it is the same as CIE group recruitment where they get many applications aswell but unfortunately many applicants seem to be the ‘long term unemployed’ being forced to apply for jobs they have no interest in and just going through the motions.

Aside from CIE & Aircoach indeed what they are offering is significantly better then what else is out there and that is to be welcomed.
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Joined: 8:00 PM - Feb 10, 2010

10:01 AM - Jun 24, 2018 #6

I hadn't considered that possibility, but it still seems like a very strange thing to do if they can't find enough suitably qualified drivers. They would surely have the same problem in the UK as well, so would know how to filter our such applicants straight away. I guess time will tell, we'll see if they end up having another recruitment drive (to pardon the pun) for drivers later on this year.
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Joined: 7:31 PM - Feb 10, 2010

8:20 PM - Jun 24, 2018 #7

https://www.adzuna.co.uk/jobs/salaries/ ... bus-driver

Wages seems ok, having regard to what London pays and the cost of living.  
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Joined: 8:00 PM - Feb 10, 2010

1:10 AM - Jul 10, 2018 #9

They were on RTÉ news this evening, and former GT83 (11901) has now been repainted into TFI livery. Doesn't look so impressive with the Wright logo the same colour as the rest of the bus, but at least the B5TLs look much smarter than the DB equivalents, with the black headlight surrounds and black Wright logo.



Unfortunately GoAhead will also be using the antiquated TGX150 machines, it would have been better if they were allowed use the machines they use in the UK or other modern ticket machine.
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