The London Underground is a huge train network connecting all parts of London, the capital city of England to one another. Londoners rely on the service each day to go to work, to go shopping and to see family and friends. This article looks at the types of jobs available with the London Underground (also known as TFL - Transport for London) and where you can find them.
What type of jobs are available?
Transport jobs are available in many areas and make up a considerable percentage of jobs sought-for London careers. Rail recruitment is a huge employment source and offers a number of opportunities for people of all skill sets.
Office, sales and administrative work
The tube in London sells millions of tickets every week and staff is needed to operate the ticket stations, supervise the ticket machines and carry out all of the important administrative work that goes on behind the scenes in TFL's many offices. Work can be found in all areas from reception and ticket sales work, to cleaners and office assistants.
The number of engineer positions available at TFL London Underground is enormous. Engineer positions that are usually available include: Rail Engineers, Signalling Discipline Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Train Engineers, Track Engineers and general design engineers. Engineers can be salaried and often earn in excess of £40,000 per annum (as of 01.01.11).
They can also be paid on day rates of around £400-600 (as of 01.01.11). Train operators TFL evidently needs drivers to operate thousands of rail services going on each week across the entire tube service. Comprehensive training schemes are available if you have no previous experience of these trains, and many people can join the programme without higher education or prestigious qualifications. Rail employment opportunities exist on all of the overground, underground and Docklands Light Railway lines.
Where can I find the jobs?
Finding the details of employment opportunities at London Underground is not difficult. You can check on the TFL website for the most up-to-date and current job opportunities and it is possible to get information on the site about apprenticeship schemes and work placements too. There is also a dedicated career's section on the TFL website, which explains many of the opportunities and avenues for employment on London's essential transport network.