As a modern, progressive and diverse company we recognise all the hard work our colleagues put in so it’s really important that we offer a workplace where everyone feels valued, supported and has the opportunity to grow. 

As a modern, progressive and diverse company we recognise all the hard work our colleagues put in so it’s really important that we offer a workplace where everyone feels valued, supported and has the opportunity to grow. 

Northern plays a vital role in the North of England, providing a reliable and friendly train service for 280,000 customer journeys every day. Our people power the endless possibilities on our network, covering approximately 18,500 services every week to almost 550 destinations, and counting!

We are also transforming. Northern is setting the standard for rail travel in the UK which benefits our customers and colleagues. Improvements include new state-of-the-art trains with WiFi, power sockets and digital screens, easier and quicker ways to buy tickets- on your phone, tablet or in person - and our ongoing commitment to making customer journeys as safe and comfortable as possib

Facts and figures

  • We have over 6,000 employees providing more than 2,500 services every day, making us the largest train operator outside London and second largest in the UK
  • 100 million passenger journeys are made each year
  • We serve a network of 15 million people
  • Our trains call at over 500 stations (approximately 20% of all UK stations) of which we manage 477 stations
  • Northern operates a fleet of 333 trains
  • Northern runs on nearly 3,000 km of route track

Community Projects

Northern is committed to supporting and contributing to the local communities that we serve. Many projects take place across our network to help develop people, their skills and the local area.

Awards and Accreditations

We are proud to be accredited by the following schemes;

Living wage

The real living wage is based on the cost of living and is voluntarily paid by employers who think a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay

Disability confident employer

The disability confident scheme supports employers to make the most of talents that disabled people can bring to the workplace

Investors in Diversity

Investors in Diversity provide an all-encompassing methodology for improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practices in the workplace.

Investors in People

Investors in people enhance the standard for people management by creating thriving workplaces, where a combination of excellence and the opportunity to fulfill your potential, delivers the best possible outcome for everyone

Benefits and Rewards


All Northern employees, their partners/spouses and dependents receive a generous travel package currently offering free or discounted travel for many services in the UK and Europe. We often have offers for your friends and family too!

Comprehensive Training/ Development and Promotion Opportunities

Ask Neil.

Lots of opportunity for you to progress in the business. Offer different roles. Comprehensive training schemes depending on your role. Own training at your own pace- LMS system

Also, own training regarding mental health awareness etc

Team focus to support individual’s development and retaining best talent in the business

Employee Assistance Programme

Our Employee Assistance Programme provides confidential information, support and guidance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on a range of issues. Employees can be supported in a wide variety of areas including: family, lifestyle and health issues.

Policies and Procedures

We want everyone to have a great experience here at Northern so we negotiate with our trade unions to create policies and procedures that ensure employees are looked after and supported whilst at work. Policies and procedures include a generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay, support for mental health and well-being and generous annual leave.

Recognition Programmes

At Northern, our Recognition Programmes are in place to demonstrate how much we appreciate all our colleagues. Recognition comes in all shapes and sizes from monthly recognitions to annual award ceremonies. We owe so much to our long-serving colleagues which is why we reward their continuous service and celebrate their key milestones at our Loyalty Awards event, just the way it should be. Our colleagues that go above and beyond make us so delighted and our Proud to be Northern Awards allow colleagues to nominate each other for recognising these qualities and we love to celebrate this with a relaxed and enjoyable night.


Your pay reflects the role that you do, based on your grade and contribution. Salaries are regularly reviewed and measured against job fairness and balanced with factors outside of the industry.

Pension Scheme

We pay one and a half times the amount you contribute

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