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Revealed: jobs required for new ‘golden era’ of rail construction

Jobs created by the biggest upgrade to Britain’s railways since Queen Victorian was on the throne have been detailed in an interactive guide by Randstad Construction Property & Engineering.

  • Britain undergoing biggest rail upgrade since Victorian times
  • New projects to cope with rising passenger numbers
  • Crossrail, HS2 and electrification of lines prioritised
  • Tens of thousands of jobs created

Jobs created by the biggest upgrade to Britain’s railways since Queen Victorian was on the throne have been detailed in an interactive guide by Randstad Construction Property & Engineering.

Billions of pounds have been earmarked for upgrades including Crossrail, High Speed 2 (HS2) as well as other enhancements across England, Scotland and Wales.

The Elizabeth Line of the Crossrail build will start services in December 2018 while the first stage of HS2, which when complete will carry 300,000 people a day – is moving forward.

Tens of thousands of new jobs will be created by the developments, which are some of the most ambitious in Europe and require a broad range of roles and worker skills.

As well as new jobs, the developments are expected to breathe life into communities along lines and add hundreds of billions of pounds in economic growth.

The recruiter’s guide has an interactive map showing five major projects and details their routes, passenger benefits as well as the type of roles they need and the salaries candidates can expect.

Jobs highlighted include site engineer (£25,000+), quantity surveyor (£45,000) and commercial manager (£70,000).

Owen Goodhead, managing director of Randstad Construction, Property and Engineering, said:

“Some of the most exciting infrastructure projects happening in Europe right now are being built in this country and far from being consigned to London they are spread across the UK.

“Crossrail and HS2 might get most of the headlines but as our interactive map shows, rail upgrades will improve routes connecting Manchester, Leeds and York while ones in Scotland and South Wales have also been earmarked for electrification.

“Despite rising fares, passenger numbers have doubled since privatisation heralding a new ‘golden era’ for rail. But as demand and the number of services increases so too does the need for upgrades to the country’s rail network.

“As well as passenger benefits, thousands upon thousands of new jobs will be created and as our guide shows there is a diverse range requiring different levels of experience and skills.”

View the guide here: www.randstad.co.uk/the-future-of-rail