Business expansion
Location of affected unit(s)
Several locations
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 January 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2018
Foreseen end date
31 December 2018


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.


  • 28 January 2018: Süddeutsche Zeitung (Online)
  • 28 January 2018: Spiegel (Online)
  • 28 January 2018: BR online
  • : DB facts and figures 2017


Eurofound (2018), Deutsche Bahn, Business expansion in Germany, factsheet number 93167, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93167.