Because we value our people and reward hard work, we’ve created a benefits package that we think you’ll love. Everyone at Northern enjoys free travel, a great pension, generous holidays and so much more. Here’s what you can expect once you join us:
Opportunities to progress and grow
We do not just want to find the best talent in the business - we want to keep it. So, when you join us, you’ll discover lots of opportunities for you to grow and progress within our business. That means comprehensive training schemes based on your individual role, along with a range of online learning courses available through our learning manage system that you can do at your own pace,
Full Uniform for Frontline Facing Roles
It's hugely important that our frontline people look the part - you'll be the face of the business, after all, and will need to stand out on a bustling platform. So, it's only natural that we provide you with a stylish and high-quality uniform.
Cycle to Work Scheme
If you sign up to our cycle to work scheme you’ll be able to save up to 42% on the cost of a bike, while also spreading the cost throughout the year.
Recognising achievement is something we think we’re pretty good at, and we’ve launched a range of Recognition Programmes in all shapes and sizes to show how much we appreciate our people.
For example, we believe we owe a lot to our long-serving people, so we reward continuous service and celebrate key milestones at our Loyalty Awards event, just the way it should be.
And we also like to celebrate those people who go above and beyond to delight our customers and each other. So, our Proud to be Northern Awards give us the chance to nominate each other for our biggest achievements, and it’s all topped off with a relaxed and enjoyable awards night.
Free Travel on Northern services*
Everyone who works at Northern, plus their partners/spouses and dependents, can travel for free right across our full network of services. From Liverpool right across to Hull, and from Newcastle all the way down to Nottingham.
*Certain eligibility criteria will apply.
75% discount with other Train Operating Companies
Once you’ve worked with us for 2 years, our generous travel package grows to include discounted travel on many other rail services in the UK and Europe. And there are often offers for your friends and wider family, too!
Defined Benefit Pension Scheme
You'll rarely find a pension as good as a Northern pension. It's a contributory, defined benefit pension scheme, and your contribution is based on a percentage of your salary as it was on the 1st April each year. But what makes it really stand out is the generous amount we add on top - 1.5 times your contribution!
A generous holiday entitlement
We’re not just here to help our customers travel. We want our people to feel like they can get away too, which is why we offer incredibly generous holiday entitlements. It varies from role to role, so check your contract to find out yours.
Maternity and Paternity Benefits
At Northern, we understand that growing a family is one of the biggest moments of our lives, so we go above and beyond the standard level of maternity/paternity pay/leave. New mums can enjoy 9 months’ maternity leave on full pay, while dads can make the most of 2 weeks’ paternity leave on full pay.
Employee Assistance Programme
Our Employee Assistance Programme provides advice, support and useful information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on a wide range of topics. Plus counselling on everything from family issues to lifestyle matters, too.
Exclusive benefits with Northern Perks
Northern Perks is home to loads of exclusive benefits for everyone who works at Northern. You can sign up to make the most of retail discounts, instant vouchers, cashback, wellbeing support and much more.
For Managers & Executives:
Holiday purchase scheme
If you are a Manager or Executive level or above, you can use your salary to buy up to 5 additional days of annual leave each year. Which means you’re able to extra take time out for another holiday, to volunteer, or simply to look after the kids during school holidays.
Private medical cover
Our private medical cover from Bupa pays up to £1000 towards the cost of private treatment for a wide range of physical and mental health issues. You’ll also be able to make the most of a virtual GP service via Babylon Digital Healthcare, along with 24/7 access to health advice via Anytime HealthLine, an Elderly care Support Line, and Direct Access pathways for a wide range of health conditions. And with Bupa Rewards, you can take advantage of discounts, cashback, and more from some of the biggest names in health, wellbeing, and leisure.