SMRT Offers Cash Incentives To Recruit Staff

SMRT Corporation announced yesterday (14 Dec) that it is offering cash incentives to its 9000 staff to help fill 700 new positions.

Staff will get $1,600 for every Singaporean or permanent resident bus captain or trainer referred. $1,500 will be given for rail supervisors and $3,000 for engineers.

Additionally, bus drivers and trainers hired between last Friday and 1 April 2016 will receive a $2,000 sign on bonus. Engineers and rail supervisors can receive a bonus of up to $3,000.

The cash incentives are its most attractive so far, and are part of plans to boost maintenance capabilities, said SMRT in a statement.

Last month, new foreign bus operator Tower Transit announced (12 Nov) that Singaporean bus captains will get a basic pay of up to    $1,865 a month, and up to $3,000 a month if they work 10 hours overtime per week – 5 to 15 per cent higher than existing bus operators SBS Transit and SMRT.

What do you think of these new incentives by SMRT? Will they be effective in boosting its maintenance capabilities? Share your thoughts with us here.

Source: “MRT offers bigger carrots to hire staff” (Straits Times, 15 December 2015) and “SMRT launches aggressive drive to fill 700 jobs” (TODAY, 14 December 2015)

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