Careers as a Ugobus Driver - Working for Essex

Our Climate, Environment and Customer Service function is here to make a long lasting and positive impact on the outcomes of residents, communities and businesses across Essex. Our highways department sits within this function and we take pride in improving travel around the county, fuelling sustainable growth and providing a service that is personable, dependable and friendly.

Have you ever thought about a career as a driver?

We are currently recruiting for multiple vacancies across Essex within our Ugobus service, including full time and part time positions that we hope will suit your needs.

What is Ugobus?

Ugobus provides high quality, bespoke transport for private passengers to a range of centres throughout Essex, using Essex County Council’s in-house minibus fleet and drivers. The fleet undertakes contracted work to meet specific accessibility needs for adults and children. Our shared minibus service helps to reduced social isolation, providing a friendly, caring atmosphere.

The needs of each passenger are carefully assessed and if necessary, door to door help is given to access the vehicle by our excellent team of highly experienced passenger assistants.

To read more about Ugobus, please click here.

To join this supportive and friendly team, you will need to hold a valid D1 driving license. We are also looking for people who have good communication and social skills, with experience working with customers from a diverse range of backgrounds. You should be adaptable to business needs, working under pressure but with a calm and professional manner. We’re modernising our service so the ability to use a smartphone or tablet is beneficial.

Current vacancies

Click on the opportunities below to find out more:

Why join Essex County Council?

In return for your hard work and commitment to the role, at Essex County council, we have developed a benefits package that we hope resonates with you. Along with a generous holiday entitlement (25 days plus bank holidays, raising to 29 days after 5 years of service) and opportunities for volunteering leave (up to 4 days a year), we also offer a local government pension scheme. Our contribution rate is based on how much you are paid. It’s currently between 5.5% and 12.5% of your pensionable pay. You can find the current contributions table here.

Further benefits include travel discounts and season ticket loans, eye care vouchers and access to our ‘MyRewards’ platform. Unique to Essex County Council, you can take advantage of Healthcare and Dental Plans at corporate rates, Cycle to Work through salary sacrifice, Tax-free savings on childcare via salary sacrifice, Discounts and benefits at many local and national outlets including supermarkets, shopping, restaurants, technology purchases and holidays, Discounts across Essex County Council’s businesses, including Country Park Membership, ACL and more and Cashback on purchases.

Along with these great benefits, employee wellbeing is important to us. Join us and you’ll find there are a number of ways we’ll support your wellbeing, including our Employee Assistance Helpline, Wellbeing Events and Sessions, Mental Health First Aiders and on demand Wellbeing Focused Training. For more information on our employee wellbeing programmes, please visit

Lastly, at Essex County Council we have developed inspirational and diverse learning opportunities to support you to grow both personally and professionally. We offer learning and development opportunities including payment of professional fees for approved professions.

Employee testimonials

“I have worked for Ugobus for the past 5 years and have enjoyed every moment of it. As a driver, I was given all the training that was required for the role and every few years this has been re-done. The support that is given whilst doing the job is always there and any problems that arise are dealt with in a professional manner.”

I love doing my job as I find it to be very rewarding. The service users are always pleased to see us, which makes the job even more satisfying. Each day can be different to the last, some can be more challenging than others but it is always a pleasure to transport our customers. I hope to continue work for Ugobus for a long time as I enjoy my job with a passion.