SMRT to attract local bus drivers with shorter shifts and flexibility


All of Singapore is facing a labour crunch and SMRT is not immune to this. Affected by a dearth of local drivers, SMRT is introducing new, shorter shifts together with flexi-work arrangements.

Aware of unfavourable work conditions that turn locals away from a bus-driving career, SMRT signed a partnership with Employment and Employability Institute (e2i). This partnership will see the transport giant introducing a new bus career development centre which will give recruits a change to try various jobs within the bus service including driving and service control with simulators and various computer programs.

The training centre will be located in e2i’s Devan Nair centre in Jurong.

Singaporean job seekers can select a 4 to 5 hour shift during weekdays for either the morning or evening timeframe or they can choose to work only on weekends and take on an 8 to 9 hour shift.

SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek hopes to see more respondents to their HR efforts.

“The bus captain career is a physically challenging one and we do have a shortage of bus captains to meet the growing demand for public buses. We hope that those who are not keen to work a full day, but are willing to take on part-time driving arrangements, will come and join us,” said Mr Kuek.



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