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.