Because we value our people and reward hard work, we’ve created a benefits package that we think you’ll love. Our people enjoy free travel, a great pension, generous holidays and so much more. Here’s what we offer:


Whatever the role, our salaries compete with any in the rail industry. What's more, some of our roles enjoy enhancements such as commission plus shift and overtime payments. The salary reflects the role that you do, based on your grade and contribution. We regularly review and measure all salaries against job fairness, and make sure they’re balanced with factors outside of our industry.


Everyone who works at Northern, plus their partners/spouses and dependents, gets a generous travel package that includes free or discounted travel for many services in the UK and Europe. There are often offers for your friends and wider family, too!

Opportunities to progress and grow

We don’t 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, online learning that you can do at your own pace, a range of courses on issues like mental health awareness, and much more.

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. And you can find support on anything from family and issues, to lifestyle matters.

Discounts and Perks

Northern Perks is the home for loads of great benefits exclusively for Northern colleagues. You can sign up to access retail discounts, instant vouchers, cashback, wellbeing support and loads more.

Policies and Procedures

We think everyone should have a great experience here at Northern, so we negotiate with trade unions to create policies and procedures that ensure we’re all looked after and supported at work. It’s why our policies and procedures include a generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay, support for mental health and well-being, and generous annual leave.

Recognition Programmes

Recognising talent 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, and our Proud to be Northern Awards give us the chance to nominate each other, and it’s all topped off with a relaxed and enjoyable awards night.

Childcare Vouchers Scheme

Children can be expensive little bundles of joy. That's why we offer this salary sacrifice scheme to help cope with the costs of looking after them while you're at work.

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 your uniform.

Generous Holiday

Beautiful as it is in this part of the country, everyone still likes to get away, which is why we offer incredibly generous holiday entitlements, which vary from role to role.

Pension Scheme

You'll rarely find a pension as good as a Northern pension. It's a contributory, defined benefit pension scheme to which we'll add a generous amount.

Maternity and Paternity Benefits

We go above and beyond the standard level of maternity/paternity pay/leave. New mums enjoy a full year off work with nine months at full basic pay. New dads are offered two weeks off work at full pay.

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 and also spread the cost throughout the year.

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