Business expansion
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.1 - Passenger rail transport, interurban

1,200 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
28 August 2016
Employment effect (start)
28 August 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


On 29 July 2016, German Railway Company Deutsche Bahn(DB) announced plans to create up to 1,200 new jobs for train drivers. The vacancies will be filled through new entrants and apprentices. The job creation is due to reduction of overtime of DB's workforce. Their train drivers have accumulated a total of 1.5 million hours of overtime which corresponds to about 80 hours per train driver. In the following days the company will negotiate with the train drivers union GDL about the collective agreement and further details about the overtime reduction. The union announced that between 800 and 1,000 train drivers are needed in Germany. Deutsche Bahn previously assured that 300 train drivers will be hired.

The latest announcement follows a series of restructuring measures at Deutsche Bahn and its affiliates in recent years:

  • On 27 July 2016, Deutsche Bahn announced to create up to 500 jobs on its subsidiary DB Sicherheit in order to improve security at train station and on trains (DB Sicherheit, 2016).
  • In March 2016 its subsidiary DB Cargo announced to cut 2,100 jobs due a decrease in business (DB Cargo, 2016).
  • In 2014 Deutsche Bahn created some 1,250 jobs (Deutsche Bahn, 2013). However, at its subsidiary DB Regio, Deutsche Bahn cut 600 jobs in 2014 (DB Regio, 2014).

Turnover of Deutsche Bahn increased by 1.1 per cent in the first half of 2016. In total, Deutsche Bahn currently employs some 293,000 employees.


  • 29 August 2016: Manager Magazin online
  • 28 August 2016: N-TV Online


Eurofound (2016), Deutsche Bahn , Business expansion in Germany, factsheet number 88404, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88404.