EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn

Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Location of affected unit(s): Several locations


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
49.1 - Passenger rail transport, interurban
Number Employed: 189423
Group: Deutsche Bahn

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 28-01-2018
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 01-01-2018
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2018
Planned Job Creation: 1200

Additional Information

The German national railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB) announced 19,000 new job offers for 2018, many of which are meant to replace retiring workers. DB confirmed the new hirings will solve the current shortage of 1,200 train drivers. Further, DB plans to further develop its digitalisation processes including more train automation and so is looking for experts in this field. DB is looking for train drivers, dispatchers, electricians, engineers, IT-experts, signal and control technicians as well as track layers. Among those will be 1,000 train driver apprentices as well as a further 4,000 apprentices in engineering, IT and service.

In the last 5 years, due to the need of replacing retiring workers, 44 percent of DB's employees are older than 50 and 28 percent are older than 55, DB has hired approximately 60,000 employees. As recent as November 2017, Deutsche Bahn hired 1,000 new employees in a two-week long marathon hiring session. 

DB has about 200,000 employees working all across Germany.