Railways are a major source of employment and there are usually a range of vacancies covering technical, operational, clerical and general jobs. There is a particular need for graduate and professional engineering staff at present with the considerable investment being put into renewing the UK railway infrastructure.

The many different companies involved are each responsible for their own recruitment, however some of the main sectors are outlined below.

Supply Industry Generally

Many RIA Members have vacancies; try searching our directory by product or service, or by town or postcode.

Electronics, Signalling and Telecommunications

RIA Members recruit from time to time; see the directory for company listings.

Track Renewals

The Track Renewal Companies employ staff at various locations around the country. Websites with career information include: Amey Rail, Colas Rail, Balfour Beatty, Babcock Rail and VolkerRail. There are many smaller contractors who often recruit through the agencies listed below.

Rolling Stock Engineering

RIA Members recruit from time to time; see the directory for company listings.

Train Operations

For train drivers, station staff and other operations jobs, contact your local train operator for recruitment information.

The Rail Delivery Group lists vacancies in rail.

Network Rail and London Underground

Network Rail’s website includes a careers section with vacancy search facility. For careers on London Underground, see the Transport for London website.


People 1st is the Sector Skills Council for the passenger transport industry and can advise on official training schemes.

The recently-established National Skills Academy for Rail will also be offering advice and information as it develops its programmes of activities.

There are a number of agencies providing recruitment and training services and several trade publications which carry vacancy advertisements. Those available online include:

Rail News

Rail Staff Select

Rail Job Search

Jobs in Rail

RTM Jobs

Railway People