DB ups hiring target, on the lookout for 4,100 maintenance staff

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is looking to hire 24,000 new employees in the current year, up from its original estimate of 21,000 new staff. DB is targeting 4,100 hires for the maintenance of rolling stock and 3,500 supervisors for construction work.

With the new hiring target, the number of new staff at DB should exceed 100,000 as more than 80,000 have been hired in the past three years already. In the remainder of the year, some 1,700 train drivers and 1,500 dispatchers are to be hired. DB is also looking for 1,400 new service staff.

The German operator is on a massive investment spree, overhauling its existing high-density railway network and expand it by 5,500 kilometres. DB will invest a record sum of 13,6 billion euros in rail infrastructure in 2022, some 900 million euros more than in 2021. The company will channel investment towards tracks, switches, bridges and stations.

Meanwhile, DB is also continuing its efforts in integrating Ukrainian refugees into the workforce. Over the past two months, 30 Ukrainian nationals have landed a position at DB or have received a job offer. They mostly work as engineers, recruiters and interpreters.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Editor RailTech.com

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