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Railway Job Overview Throughout the railway industry in the UK, a variety of railway jobs become available everyday on ...

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Railway Job Overview

Throughout the railway industry in the UK, a variety of railway jobs become available everyday on the trains, tracks and stations of the local and national networks. Over 190,000 workers are employed in this industry including engineering technicians and maintenance workers who ensure that the trains and track are in fully working order.

On the trains, the drivers and conductors maintain a smooth operation in tandem with the station workers, processing passengers and getting them to their destinations safely and efficiently. From loading luggage to cleaning floors, station staff are often required to complete a variety of tasks.

Railway Job Education Requirements

As there are many types of railway jobs in this industry, education and skill requirements will vary. Staff at train stations such as conductors will need good communication and teamwork skills, a memory for timetables and competence in English and maths.

To drive a train, skills such as concentration and good reaction times are vital, as well as basic mechanical knowledge, GCSEs in core subjects and a clean bill of health. For electrical engineering jobs, qualifications in engineering and experience in areas such as mechanical fitting are often required. Candidates must back this up with skills in problem solving and electrics.

Railway Job Market

The main employers in this sector are the train operator companies (TOCs) that run the UK's rail networks. In the manufacturing sector that includes rail maintenance, jobs look set to decrease over the next 5 years, while work in transport and leisure and travel is predicted to increase.

Railway Job Salaries

The salary for a rail engineering technician at the trainee stage is £20,000 on average, while experienced workers earn as much as £30,000. Apprentice maintenance engineer jobs pay in the region of £8,500 to £14,000, rising to £21,000 upon completion of training. Train drivers often earn between £35,000 and £60,000.

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