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Three things you didn't know about working for Network Rail

Category: Blogger's Corner

The rail network ties a country together. There are hundreds of thousands of train journeys a year, carrying people and goods across the UK. But the rail network owes its integrity to the dedicated people of Network Rail who do all of this for passengers and freight users.

If you're looking for a career keeping Britain moving, Network Rail is the employer for you. Here's three things you might not have known about working for Network Rail. And when you're ready to apply, check out available vacancies at VERCIDA's online job listings.

1. Actively recruiting ex-Forces employees

Network Rail recognises the skills that veterans bring to the industry and regards those with a military background highly. Ex-Forces employees tend to be disciplined, tenacious, good team players and loyal.

You may be used to a field-based environment working with big kit in all weathers. Or you may have been involved in planning and analysis, strategic design, systems, or electrical engineering. Dependent on your skills and experience, you may be suited to one of Network Rail's engineering functions. These include:

  • Maintenance
  • Asset Information
  • Track
  • Buildings
  • Construction
  • Signalling
  • Power

Just like the Forces, Network Rail rely on a number of support functions. These include Commercial Management, Finance, HR, Legal, and Project Management.

2. Charitable initiatives

Network Rail supports charities in a variety of ways. These include gift-in-kind contributions, employee fundraising, volunteering and station collections.

Employee fundraising over the last two years has averaged £200,323 per year. Network Rail also runs 18 stations, and offers charitable advertising there. An average of £46,845.49 per month is given to a variety of charitable causes from pay cheques.

Employees working on Network Rail’s routes organise their own fundraising and volunteering activities for local charities in their areas.

To help make this possible, all Network Rail staff are entitled to up to five days’ volunteer leave. They can help UK registered charities and Network Rail led community engagement activity. This includes community safety work, early engagement and Community Rail work.

3. Committed to disability inclusion

Network Rail achieved Level 3 Status in the Disability Confident scheme in September 2017. By becoming a Disability Confident leader, Network Rail gained recognition among peer organisations. It acts as a champion within the local business community, supply chain and networks. It aims to show disabled people that it’s serious about leading the way. It also works to help other businesses to become Disability Confident.

To achieve Level 3, Network Rail was assessed independently by disabled people. The company was found to demonstrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and developing disabled employees. Network Rail actively encourage stakeholders and local businesses to start their Disability Confident journey.


If you're ready to start your Network Rail career, have a look at current listings at VERCIDA's jobs database.


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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email info@vercida.com for more information.

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