Northern set to replenish workforce in 2023

Northern are looking to recruit up to 280 drivers and conductors throughout 2023 to help replenish their workforce.

Northern conductor

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Northern is looking to recruit as many as 280 drivers and conductors across the North of England in 2023. New recruits will join the team responsible for running more than 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations and are being recruited as part of a natural replenishment of the workforce as other team members retire, earn promotion, or move on to the next stage of their career outside Northern.

Recruiting drivers and conductors

Both roles require no previous rail experience, with full training at Northern’s academies in Leeds and Manchester provided. The driver roles, which are based in Carlisle, Darlington, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Skipton, and York, come with a starting salary of £23,000 a year, rising to £54,500 once fully qualified.

The conductor roles are based in Carlisle, Doncaster, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Sheffield, Skipton, and York, with salaries starting at £22,000, rising to £29,000 once fully qualified.

“These are fantastic roles for anyone passionate about helping connect people and places across the region,” Tricia Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Northern, said. “The rail industry has made great strides in many areas of diversity in recent years – but there is still much to be done. Drivers and conductors represent a huge proportion of our workforce – if we can attract more people from a wider range of ethnicities and women into these roles, that’ll make a real difference.”

Credit: Northern

With such a large employee intake on the horizon, Northern is actively encouraging women to apply as part of a push to improve the male-female balance of its workforce. They are also seeking to attract more applicants from under-represented ethnicities to ensure they reflect the communities Northern serves. Central to Northern’s recruitment campaign is a plan to attract the best and brightest candidates from other sectors who hadn’t previously considered the rail industry.

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