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  • How to apply

    We use a standard recruitment process for all our jobs

  • Getting a job at Network Rail

    We only accept applications for advertised job vacancies. We do not accept speculative CVs. All our jobs are advertised in the job vacancies section of this website.

    Recruitment process

    We have a rigorous recruitment process that involves:

    • Job advertisement – we advertise all jobs in the job vacancies section of this website.
    • Application – depending on the job, you will be asked to either complete an application or submit a CV. Directions on how to apply for a position will be on the job advertisement. If you are selected for interview, we will contact you to arrange a time and place for us to meet. If you are not selected for interview, we will inform you by email.
    • Interview – the interview and interview questions will be designed around the role for which you are applying. You will be asked criteria-based questions which will help us to assess your skills, behaviours and capabilities. You will also be asked safety questions, as keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do. Please ensure you are familiar with our Safety Vision and Lifesaving Rules.
    • Assessments – if required for the job, we will ask you to come to one of our assessment centres. We tailor our assessment methods to each role and may use self-assessment tests, verbal and numerical tests and psychometric tests.
    • Medicals and references - all employees must comply with our drugs and alcohol policy. Anyone who refuses to comply will not be considered for employment with Network Rail.
      • People applying for safety-critical posts or jobs that require a Sentinel Competence Card will be required to undergo a pre-appointment drugs and alcohol test.
      • All other applicants are required to sign a statement to confirm that they understand the drugs and alcohol policy and intend to comply.
    • Pre-employment screening - as part of our recruitment process prospective employees will be subject to background checking prior to joining. This will include criminal record and employment history checks. This may include passing your personal information to a third party. We comply with all obligations under the Data Protection Act. All job offers are conditional upon the completion of pre-employment screening.
    • References – all job offers are made on the condition that we receive two satisfactory references for you.
    • Job offer – if you are the successful candidate, then we will make a job offer to you. The offer will specify the salary, benefits and location for the job.

    You can be confident your details will be treated as confidential during the recruitment process.

    Visa applicants

    We are an A-rated sponsor under Tier 2 of the UK Immigration points-based system (PBS).

    If you require a visa to work in the UK or would like further information on the PBS visit the UK Border Agency website. Please be aware that we will not provide financial support for any visa application.


    Please use our support request form if you have any questions or support issues.

  • Our recruitment policy

    We aim to recruit the right people into the right jobs at the right time.

    As well as helping us meet our immediate needs, we believe it is an approach which encourages people to stay and develop within Network Rail.

    Equality, diversity and inclusion policy
    Anyone who meets the requirements of the job is eligible for employment within Network Rail irrespective of age, disability, employment status, gender, health, marital status, sexual preference, membership or non-membership of a trade union, nationality, race, religion, social class or other non job-relevant personal characteristics.

    We make every effort to eliminate discrimination, direct and indirect, from our recruitment and selection process. 

  • Our Safety Vision

    In March 2014 Mark Carne, our chief executive, started the cascade of the safety statement to our people, contractors and subcontractors. The commitments apply to everyone who works on the railway, so it’s important that you are familiar with our Safety Vision. Please see below for more information.

    Safety Vision Poster
    Safety Vision Addendum
    Lifesaving Rules