Monday 22 January 2018

More than 2,000 people applied for the 29 new Luas Cross City jobs

Luas cross city plan
Luas cross city plan
An artist’s impression of the Luas Cross City northbound stop on Dawson Street in Dublin. Photo: RPA

Ian Begley

Luas operator Transdev has received more than 2,000 applicants following its recent recruitment campaign for drivers.

A spokesperson for Transdev told Independent.ie that 33pc of the people who applied were women. 

The substantial number of female applicants is a positive result for the light rail operator following its recruitment campaign, targeted primarily for women. 

As it stands there are only eight female drivers working for the Luas operator, out of a total of 172 drivers.

An artist’s impression of the Luas Cross City northbound stop on Dawson Street in Dublin. Photo: RPA
An artist’s impression of the Luas Cross City northbound stop on Dawson Street in Dublin. Photo: RPA

Some 29 new staff are being taken on as December has been announced as the opening date for the Luas Cross City.

"We have received a really positive number of applicants," the spokesperson said.

"Approximately 33pc of these are women, which is great but obviously the 29 driver jobs are open to everyone. 

"We stopped taking applications on Monday and several candidates have been interviewed already. But due to the substantial number of people who applied it will take a while before we get through everyone."

For the first six months, new Luas drivers will receive an annual salary of €29,661, which will increase to €31,309 for the next six months. The following year, the salary rises again to €34,788.

Total earnings for Luas drivers will rise to €49,972 from 2020, with a bonus of up to 6.5pc.

Transdev has offered drivers a number of benefits including maternity/paternity leave, wedding leave, shift work, free parking and free Luas travel.

The new drivers are expected be hired by September when the trial runs are scheduled go ahead for the Luas Cross City line.

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