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DB reports on interim balance: Over 18,000 new employees already hired, additional successful job counselling for Ukrainian refugees

DB reports on interim balance: Over 18,000 new employees already hired, additional successful job counselling for Ukrainian refugees
photo: DB AG/DB reports on interim balance: Over 18,000 new employees already hired, additional successful job counselling for Ukrainian refugees
04 / 07 / 2022

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is continuing its personnel offensive unabated: In the first half of 2022, the Group has promised jobs to over 18,000 new employees. In total, DB plans to recruit around 24,000 new employees this year - about 15 per cent more than planned. At the same time, DB has been helping refugees from Ukraine to integrate into the German labour market since April - with advice, qualifications and also jobs. So far, 30 refugees have found jobs at DB.

Despite the Corona crisis, DB is investing heavily in infrastructure, new vehicles and staff as part of its "Strong Rail" strategy. In the last three years, DB has hired more than 80,000 employees. Most of the hirings this year are in the areas of rail and rolling stock maintenance (4,100), construction projects/construction supervision (3,500), train drivers (1,700), and train dispatchers (1,500), train service (1,400) and IT experts (1,300).

Martin Seiler, Member of the Management Board for Human Resources and Legal Affairs at DB: "We need committed colleagues to make the mobility revolution a success. We have been hiring at record levels for years. Fortunately, we have maintained this course even during the Corona crisis. And the rail job engine continues to run at full speed: We have now increased our original target of 21,000 new hires in 2022 by another 15 per cent - by the end of the year, we want to bring 24,000 new colleagues on board."

However, DB is also focusing on providing advice and information about the German labour market. In this regard, the company is successfully cooperating with the German Federal Employment Agency (BA). Immediately after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, DB launched a special job program. It includes advice on the residence, applying for jobs in the German labour market and jobs at DB, as well as orientation and language courses. 1,700 advice sessions have been held so far via a telephone hotline and three advice centres. Around 30 Ukrainians have been offered jobs. They work as interpreters, engineers and recruiters, among other things. The recruitment process is currently underway for other refugees.

Daniel Terzenbach, Regional Director of the Federal Employment Agency: "With job counselling directly on-site at DB, we reach the refugees in a place they are already familiar with through their arrival in our country. It is important to us to develop a perspective with the people who visit the job counselling service and to support them on their way into the labour market. I am pleased with this pragmatic approach, which complements our counselling services beyond the employment agencies and job centres. My great thanks go to the employees of DB and the BA who stand by the refugees."

"Every counselling session, every promise of employment is a quick and unbureaucratic help for a new professional start," Seiler said. "It's about practical help for people from a war zone not far from us. We are deeply affected by the fates of the Ukrainians who have fled. And that's why we as Deutsche Bahn are offering comprehensive support here, together with our partners."

At the job counselling centre at Frankfurt Central Station alone, the experts from DB and its cooperation partner, the Federal Employment Agency (BA), have so far been able to assist more than 300 Ukrainians. The DB Board of Management member responsible for human resources visited the Frankfurt site today. There, he got to talk to refugees who, after taking part in a DB qualification course, are now attending a language course and are being further qualified to take up a job at DB.

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Source: Deutsche Bahn Press Releases


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