How we recruit

We promise to be fair, consistent and diverse throughout your recruitment journey with us!

Your recruitment journey with us:


We advertise all jobs via the ‘Careers search’ page. To apply for a job, simply complete an application and submit your CV online. Instructions on how to apply, will be on the vacancy.  To enable us to discover your potential, you may be asked to complete an assessment, which can consist of either a self-assessment, verbal, numerical or psychometric test.


Upon selection of an interview, our resourcers will contact you directly. Our interviews are designed for the role you have applied for, to help us assess your skills, behaviours and capabilities. We actively challenge unsafe practices and take responsibility for addressing risks, resolving issues and protecting safety and wellbeing.  Safety is key to Network Rail and you will be asked a safety question at interview.

If you‘re not selected for an interview, you will receive a notification.

Outcome of your application

If you’re successful after an interview, our resourcers will contact you with further details including salary and benefits.

Pre-employment checks

All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory completion of Government Baseline Security Standards (BPSS) which include:

  • A right to work and identity check
  • Pre-employment verification for the last three years.
  • A basic criminal record check for any unspent convictions
  • National Security Vetting (if relevant to the role)
    This will include a counter terrorist check in accordance with the Home Office (regulated for the transport sector).
  • Medical assessment
  • Visa application – Network Rail offers sponsorship where the requirements of the Home Office rules are met for a Skilled Worker. Should you require a visa to work in the UK or would like further information, visit the Gov website for more information
  • Drugs & Alcohol test: All prospective candidates offered a conditional role will be required to undergo and pass a drugs and alcohol test. Your application will be rescinded if you record a positive test. All positive drugs and alcohol test results for prospective candidates will be securely held on Sentinel database and a 5 year suspension from applying for a safety critical role, a role which requires PTS certification or a Key Safety role on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure will be enforced.

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Disability Confident Leader

Network Rail is an accredited Disability Confident Leader. This means, where a disabled applicant meets the essential criteria for any of our vacancies, they will receive an interview.

We welcome applications from disabled candidates – if you need relevant and accessible support to apply for our roles, please visit Evenbreak’s Career Hive

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The Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant

We are a proud supporter of The Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant and welcome applications from a diverse range of applicants.

Note to third party agencies

Unfortunately, Network Rail is unable to accept CV’s from recruiters and employment agencies. In the event of this, by submitting a CV or candidate without a previously signed agreement, we reserve the right to hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.

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