Be a Bus Driver...

Enjoy working with people?

Want a job where every single day is different?

Want a job that earns you up to £34k or more a year?

Whether you've got a PCV Licence, just a hankering to take on a different challenge or fancy a change of career, then you could be just the person we're looking for!

And don't worry if you can't drive a bus - if you enjoy meeting people and making them happy in a busy environment then we can teach you the rest.  Believe it or not, once you've got used to the fact that you're driving something that's a bit bigger then you're used to, modern buses are actually easier than driving a manual car.

We're equally interested in hearing from people with a full PCV Licence.  As long as you're positive, outgoing and, most importantly, focussed on giving our passengers a great experience then we'd love to hear from you. Join a proactive team environment where you can kickstart a long-term career - some employees have been with us for 25, 30 and even 40 years.

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In addition to all the above, we will provide you with a smart uniform (or relevant PPE), free travel for you and a nominated partner (and dependent children) and many more benefits; not to mention a job in one of the most secure industries around!

At First Essex, we operate over 260 buses out of our depots in Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester and Hadleigh, on a mixture of in-town and longer distance interurban services.  Although we're proud to be a part of FirstGroup PLC's UK Bus division, we're entirely locally managed - and the vast majority of our management team are local people who have been bus drivers or engineers themselves in the fact, some still get hands-on pretty regularly completely out of choice.

So click on the link below to find out what jobs we've got available at the moment, complete your simple online application, and you could be on your way to being part of the success of the First Essex team.

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

We're currently recruiting...

  • Bus Drivers - trainee & qualified
  • Part Time Qualified Bus Drivers
  • Casual Qualified Bus Drivers

Experienced Bus Driver

£14.40 per hour 

Trainee Bus Drivers

£12.60 per hour (New Starter base rate)

£14.40 per hour (Qualified rate of pay)

What can we offer you?

  • Up to 5 weeks holiday + bank holidays
  • Free travel on our buses for you and your family
  • £6 all-day train travel for you and your family on Great Western Railway (GWR), South Western Railway (SWR) and other First operated train companies
  • High Street discounts
  • Full Uniform provided

Head to our dedicated bus driver recruitment website at and get started today.  Or check out to see more details of all the jobs that we've got on offer at the moment.

Join our Engineering & Presentation Teams...

Do you want to be part of our energetic team of Engineers and maintenance staff repairing our fleet of vehicles?

Engineering is an integral part of our business focusing on efficiency, excellence, safety and reliability. We're constantly looking for ways to improve our processes, techniques and ways of engineering our very diverse fleet.

Working for First UK Bus you'll find your role varied, rewarding and satisfying. You'll work alongside our great team of technicians, mechanics, electricians and cleaners who all pull together to do a brilliant job! No two days are ever the same!

In return, we can offer you...

  • up to 5 weeks holiday (plus Public Holidays)
  • company pension
  • free bus travel for you and your family
  • £6 all-day train travel on GWR, SWR and other First train companies
  • High Street discounts

We will also provide you with boots, overalls and specialist equipment so no need to worry about being safe/protected or having the right kit for the job!

To find full details of all the roles that we're currently recruiting for in our Engineering & Presentation Teams head over to today.